Sound Page Guide

Contributors: Shawn Hymel
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Make Some Art

Make Some Silhouettes

The next thing we need to do is choose which two of the stencils we want to put on our Sound Page. You are also welcome to print your own stencil or just create whatever are you want! This is art, after all. Just make sure that:

  1. Anything you create is completely filled in with ink. Splotchy areas won't conduct!
  2. The shapes/pictures you create are connected to the ink traces coming out of the footprint we just made. If it's not connected, it won't conduct, and you won't be able to interact with it!

Just like with the stencil for the electronics, we used label sheets to create stencils for the silhouettes. You are welcome to print out the ones we made or make your own stencils:

Silhouette stencils

Silhouette stencils

Pick one of the stencils, detach it from the sheet, and peel off the backing. Stick it on the page in the desired location (we suggest you make it fairly close to one of the traces coming from the LilyPad footprint).

Attaching a stencil

Just like the footprint stencil, dab ink with the foam brush so that it completely fills your stencil.

Painting in a stencil

Immediately (but carefully!) peel the stencil off the page while the paint is still wet. If some of the stencil breaks off, you can carefully remove the stuck pieces with tweezers.

Peeling off the stencil

Admire your stencil art!

First stencil

Repeat the process to add a second silhouette.

Two silhouettes

Fill in the Spots

If a patch of conductive paint is not connected to the LilyPad MP3 board, you won't be able to touch it to make sounds!

Using a brush or the squeeze tube of conductive paint, carefully connect all of the black areas in the silhouettes (or at least the patches you want to be able to touch).

Connecting all the paint patches in a silhouette

WAIT: At least 15 minutes before moving on the next step to allow the paint to dry.

Connect the Silhouettes to the Traces

Make sure that the silhouettes are connected to the traces that lead to the LilyPad MP3 board (with conductive paint, of course). For example, in the silhouette below, the paint around the face has been connected with conductive paint (except for the part above the eyes; you will not be able to touch those unless you connect them with paint!). However, the entire silhouette is not connected to the trace!

Silhouette not connected to trace

If you need to create lines with conductive paint to connect the traces to the silhouettes, use the straight line stencils.

Straight line stencil

WAIT: Once again, wait at least 15 minutes for the paint to dry before moving on. In the meantime, admire your work!

Completed page

Protect Your Work

You can use a sealer, like clear spray paint to protect your work. Just be careful not to spray too much on the electronics! If you coat the connections for the SD card, for example, the LilyPad MP3 board might not be able to read it. Don't worry, you will still be able to activate the sounds through the clear coat.

Sealing the silhouettes

Additionally, you can frame your work to protect the edges and display it nicely!

Framing the Sound Page