On a mission to not make tutus or wear furry boots at my first Electric Daisy Carnival.
I haven’t worked on a project since last August. My best friend decided to throw a DIY wedding, and all the bridesmaids painted/glued/calligraphied the sh*t out of our minds. I love crafting with my hands, but I probably got through it knowing there was going to be an open bar at the end. Since then I haven’t had the time to tackle a new project with work piling up and new students enrolling into classes and leading weekly arts & crafts for my students.
But the time has come.
I attended my first Electric Daisy Carnival. I thought a lot about what to make and what to wear. I researched photos of girls decked out in kandi, sparkling with glitter from head to toe, flaunting toned bodies while wearing a tinier bikini than the itsy-bitsy-teeny-weeny-yellow-polkadot-bikini. I’ve watched how to make tutus, kandi masks, and on pulling off the perfect rave leg wrap. None of this appealed to me, as I happen to be a simple creature. None of this appealed to me as much as these:
I found an amazing tutorial on YouTube (check it out), and followed step by step. Here’s my journey on making two pairs of LED sneakers.
First, the materials.
Pictured above are: (1) copper nuggets cut from (2) copper wires, (3) electrical tape to hold the (4) LED strip, (5) 9V batteries, and (6) battery snap connectors.
Not shown are: sneakers, ballpoint pen cap, glue.
Second, the doing.
I thought attaching the LED strip to the shoes was going to be the easiest part. I mean, the strips came with strong adhesives in the back. But the bottom of the shoes are curved, and I should have known it wouldn’t stick. I had to pull out my epoxy glue to make sure the LED strip stuck well. I couldn’t think of a better way to clamp the strip, so I taped all the shoes like mummies for an entire day. At least it worked.
This part is a little hard to explain. I stuck RBG and the ground wire into the pen cap and poured copper nuggets in. Once closed, it served as a switch. When I moved, the copper nuggets moved around to create different color combinations. I actually only know half of what I’m talking about. If you watch the video posted above, you’ll understand.
I was afraid we wouldn’t get in wearing the shoes, since they stated “no LED gloves or microLEDs for lightshows.” It was vague, and I’m a worrywort. But we got in through security, and I had my first EDC experience! Now I know what people are talking about, why it’s so hyped, why people go over the top in creating costumes and deck out in lights. I’m a little sad my boyfriend’s shoe stopped working the minute we plugged in our batteries. But the entire experience is for another blog post.