Create a turkey that changes colors when it's feathers are touched. If you touch the red feather then a red LED will be displayed, if you touch the green feather then a green LED will be displayed and if you touch a blue feather then a blue LED will be displayed.
What You’ll Need
1 brown piece of felt
1 red piece of felt
1 blue piece of felt
1 green piece of felt
1 orange piece of felt
1 white piece of felt (optional)
1 diamond RGB LEDboard
1 coin-cell battery
Double Sided Tape
1 Googly eye (optional)
*All of the conductive thread parts can be replaced with conductive tape.
Plan your Circuit
This circuit contains an LEDboard, a battery and conductive thread. When conductive thread is connected to one of the LEDboard pads, it will light up. The colors on the LEDboard indicated what color will be displayed when connected.
Cut out the Hand Turkey shapes
Cut out the hand turkey shapes. On the hand turkey template The pieces are labeled either orange, red, blue, green or brown. Trace the templates on to felt using a marker or chalk. Cut out the template shapes from the correct color of felt. You should have eight pieces, as shown on the illustration.
Attach circuit pieces
Using conductive thread attach the battery board to the back of the brown felt by holding it in place on the fabric and looping around the pad marked with “-” 3 - 5 times.
Connect the negative side of the circuit
Place the LEDboard on the opposite side of the battery board. Continuing with the same thread, create a running stitch from the negative side (-) of the battery board to the negative side of the LEDboard. The side with the LEDboard will be Side A. Attach the RGB led to Side A, using the same technique that you used to attach the battery board. End the stitch by making a knot and cutting off the excess.
Tip: Make sure that your running stitch is tight. You can also replace the thread with conductive tape.
Connect the positive side of the circuit
You have connected the negative side of the circuit, now it is time to connect the positive side of the circuit. Start by connecting one piece of conductive tape to B,R and G on the LEDboard on Side A. On Side B, extend the positive side of the battery board.
Prepare the feathers
Place a piece of conductive tape in the middle of the blue, red and green “feather” felt pieces.
Place the feathers
Position the feathers on side A in between the hand turkey empty slots on side A. Make sure the colors are in the right order Blue, Red, Green (left to right on side A). Flip your project over to side B.
Connect the feathers
Use a piece of conductive tape to connect the positive side of the battery to the “feather” felt piece.
Test your circuit
At this point you can insert your battery into the batteryboard. Make sure the “+” faces up to match the “+” on the batteryboard. Press down on a feather. Your LED should now light up!
If your LED flickers or does not light up:
Check that your battery has enough power to charge the LED! If you have a voltmeter make sure the battery is above 2.5 volts.Check that your positive and negative connections do not cross or touch.Check that your thread is tight around all the conductive holes.Check that your stuffing holes line up to the conductive tapes.
You may need to take out and re-sew your connections.
Tip: This project is meant to have a pushing effect. When you push down on a feather the corresponding color will light up. There should be some distance between the feather and the conductive tapes coming out of the LEDboard, so that when you put the battery in the LED doesn’t automatically go on.
Use double sided tape to attach the turkey’s feet (which go over the LEDboard), beak, and gobble. Use a googly eye or white felt to create an eye for the turkey. If you are using white felt you can just use a marker to put a black dot on the white felt eye.