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Soft Circuit Workshop in L.A.

Our friend Syuzi over at fashioningtechnology.com is holding a soft circuit workshop in LA on Febrary 22nd. This is a great way to meet other smart crafters and get your hands dirty with electronic threads and materials.

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PROJECT: Make A Light Up Purse

No more fumbling for your lipstick or compact while at the club, lightyour way with this easy to make light panel for your purse or bag. The panel uses a two part magnetic switch, so when the purse is closed the light is off and when its open the light is on. Simple!

I did a demo of this project at Maker Faire. Thank you to the ladies at ArtFuture!

You can see it here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=CX0rU4WSPnc

WIRING DIAGRAM:

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DIY Lighted Doggie Coat for the Fashionable Pup

This summer I met and talked with fellow dog lover, Cali Lewis of Geek Brief.tv for MyHome2.0. Cali has a sweet little pet Chihuahua named Sydney, and I made her a stylish fiber-optic doggie coat with a sparkling bone design. Below I've put together some instructions to compliment the DIY web episode on MyHome 2.0so you can make one for your little pooch!

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Make TV

Earlier this month, Make Magazine launched Make TV, 'a DIY series for a new generation', which takes reference from resources like YouTube and Instructables to create informative episodes on upcycling, recycling, creating and making things. I got a chance to preview some of the content and I picked out three of my favorites. I've also included links so you can watch them as well.

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Interview with Syuzi Pakchyan on Fashioning Technology

I met Syuzi Pakchyan at the 2006 Maker Faire in San Francisco. At that at time, Syuzi had just finished her thesis titled "SparkLab" where she was exploring the intersection between culture, technology and craft. She was doing a workshop where crafters made light up bracelets with conductive thread and snaps. Of course, we hit it off right away and we had a wonderful interview which never made it to Switch because of a microphone malfunction.

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Stay warm and keep in touch by iPod proofing your gloves this winter.

After our easy step-by-step DIY, you'll turn heads and turn up the tunes without one finger hitting the cold again. Take it from me, this is the easiest, cheapest, and coolest DIY project you can do for the Holidays! Make them for yourself, or they are a great gift for any of your hi-tech friends. We promise not to tell them how easy it was.


Photo by Heather Weston for Switch Craft 

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