Starry Umbrella

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For L’Etoile, I created an period umbrella with LEDs built inside the cover for the character Lazuli. I chose an existing wooden-framed umbrella, removed the synthetic cover, sewed a new cover using a cotton fabric that would match the character’s costume, and built in a simple LED circuit that would light up once the character “found his star.”

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I first sewed a cover from muslin before using the real fabric.

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After sewing the fabric, some alterations had to be made to the top portion near the center rod.

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The LEDs were wired with one or two LEDs in series with a corresponding resistor along each spoke, with each spoke then wired in parallel to a 9 Volt battery and simple toggle switch.

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Lazuli’s priceless expression as he emerges from the lake.