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CLASS AT OTAKON // Intro to LEDs and Simple Foam Work: Create a Minecraft Torch


Location: Otakon 2024 - Marriott Marquee M3 Level, Union Station Workshop Room

Date: Friday, August 2nd, 2024

Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST

Class Length: 2 hours

In this course Plexi Cosplay will guide students on how to use EVA foam and Plastazote to create a Minecraft torch shape. Then, students will use soldering stations to learn the basics of LEDs and soldering to create a core of LED strip lights that fit into the foam torch. The class will install a basic on/off switch and battery pack that gets hidden in the base of the torch. This will be an unpainted but fully assembled torch to take home and decorate.

In this lecture you'll learn:

  • How to create a basic LED light strip for props, including how to power it on and off
  • How to use materials like EVA foam and Plastazote for prop making
  • How to solder

Prerequisite Skills:

  • Some familiarity with basic prop making, including using EVA foam and other materials to engineer props

About the Instructor:

PlexiCosplay is an award-winning cosplayer from Maryland who specializes in engineering and high-end costume design. She has judged large cosplay circuits like C2E2 but spends much of her time collaborating with gaming companies to bring characters to life. She is also the manager of one of Maryland's largest makerspaces and teaches classes on digital design and fabrication outside of cosplay.

The Nitty Gritty:

  • To participate in this class you must be at least 16 years of age
  • Space is limited and all tickets are first come first serve
  • Purchasing a ticket reserves one (1) seat at this class. For multiple tickets, please add more than one ticket to your cart
  • All tickets are final sale. In the event of a no-show, no refunds will be available
  • Tickets will be delivered digitally to the email address provided at checkout. This digital ticket will be needed to enter the event.
  • All classes start promptly at the time they're scheduled for. In the event of tardiness, you may miss certain aspects of the class and may not be able to complete the scheduled project in full

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