Materials & Tools

1 meter LED Strip with 144/m

I used the regular sized pixels with a black back. The Mini Skinny NeoPixel strips could also be used for this project!

Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip 144 LED - 1m Black

PRODUCT ID: 1506
We crammed ALL THE NEOPIXELS into this strip! An unbelievable 144 individually-controllable LED pixels on a flexible PCB. It's completely out of control and ready for you to...
$59.95
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Adafruit Mini Skinny NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Strip - 144 LED/m

PRODUCT ID: 2970
So thin. So mini. So teeeeeeny-tiny. It's the 'skinny' version of our classic NeoPixel strips!These NeoPixel strips have 144 digitally-addressable pixel Mini LEDs...
$64.95
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Gemma M0

The Gemma v1 or v2 will NOT work for this project!

Adafruit GEMMA M0 - Miniature wearable electronic platform

PRODUCT ID: 3501
The Adafruit Gemma M0 is a super small microcontroller board, with just enough built-in to create many simple projects. It may look small and cute: round, about the...
$9.95
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Momentary switch button

Any size will do. These are my favorite and fit perfectly on the back of the Gemma!

Tactile Switch Buttons (12mm square, 6mm tall) x 10 pack

PRODUCT ID: 1119
Medium-sized clicky momentary switches are standard input "buttons" on electronic projects. These work best in a PCB but
$2.50
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Silicone wire

I used the 30awg wire between the each strip of pixels and the 26awg wire between the pixels and Gemma. Using the larger size will also work. I went with all black to blend in with the jacket I was using, but this would also look fabulous with any color!

If you don't feel comfortable with this technique and/or want to add more color, I’d encourage you to pick three or more colors for this project. Typically, a ground wire is black or white, a power wire is red, and a data wire will be any other color. 

Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Wire - 50ft 30AWG Black

PRODUCT ID: 3164
Silicone-sheathing wire is super-flexible and soft, and its also strong! Able to handle up to 200°C and up to 600V, it will do when PVC covered wire wimps out. We like this wire...
$4.95
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Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Wire - 25ft 26AWG - Black

PRODUCT ID: 2517
Silicone-sheathing wire is super-flexible and soft, and its also strong! Able to handle up to 200°C and up to 600V, it will do when PVC covered wire wimps out. We like this wire...
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Power Supply

A portable USB battery pack or LiPo will work. I'll be using a USB battery pack. If you select a Lithium Ion Polymer Battery, be sure to read up on Li-Ion & LiPoly Batteries first!

A quick note about batteries: it's hard to tell exactly how long a battery will last since it depends largely on the brightness and animation selected. I like to use a 20mAh per LED calculation as a starting point, so I wouldn't want to use anything less than 2400mAh unless I was only planning on using the wearable for a short period of time. 

USB Battery Pack for Raspberry Pi - 10000mAh - 2 x 5V outputs

PRODUCT ID: 1566
A large-sized rechargeable battery pack for your Raspberry Pi (or Arduino, or
$39.95
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USB Battery Pack for Raspberry Pi - 5000mAh - 5V @ 2.1A

PRODUCT ID: 1565
A medium-sized rechargeable battery pack for your Raspberry Pi (or Arduino, or
$24.95
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Other Materials

  • Awesome Vintage Costume Jacket
  • Glue: E6000 or hot glue
  • Velcro
  • Optional: chiffon or other mesh fabric

Tools

This guide was first published on Aug 07, 2019. It was last updated on Aug 07, 2019. This page (Materials & Tools) was last updated on Sep 19, 2019.