On December 10 we were invited by the Central Library to present a craft for a special all-ages Crafting with Tech session. We had planned on offering a craft involving soldering, but found out with a few days to go that the smoke alarms are too sensitive. We had an emergency meeting and re-vamped the craft to omit soldering, substituting copper tape.
What we offered were laser cut acrylic shelf ornaments in a winter/holiday theme. Crafters wired up a simple LED/battery circuit on an acylic base that lit up an ornament. We were able to cut holes in the bases so they kept the led aligned, the ornament in place, and the battery snug. One lead of the LED contacted one side of the battery, copper tape completed the connection to the other side. This made for a lovely and cheap craft we could give away.
The event was popular, with about two dozen people, mostly teenagers, making ornaments. We will likely do this again for other holidays, starting with acrylic “candy” hearts just before Valentine’s Day.
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