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Restless Feet

by MK_littleBits

Published on April 23, 2014

Restless feet is a sculpture created with beeswax, rice paper, pins, and thread and illuminated with LED Bits. 

How To Make It

STEP 1

First create a mold for your sculpture. I created a mold of my feet using plaster gauze. Make sure you use several layers of the plaster gauze so the mold isn't too fragile. It's best to have a friend help you with this step since it is difficult to create a mold of yourself by yourself.

STEP 2

Allow the plaster mold 24 hours to fully dry.

STEP 3

Layer beeswax and ripped up pieces of rice paper into your mold. I used a paintbrush to apply the beeswax, and continued applying layers until the beeswax was about 1/8 of an inch thick.

STEP 4

Carefully remove your sculpture from the plaster mold. Unfortunately I had to break my mold in order to remove the beeswax feet from it.

STEP 5

Randomly stick tiny pins throughout the beeswax.

STEP 6

Tie the end of the thread to one pin, and then loop it around all the other pins until you've created a pattern you like.

STEP 7

Build a circuit of Bits that glow. I made my circuit by connecting power + long LED + bright LED + long LED.

STEP 8

Slide the LED underneath your sculpture, turn off the lights, and let the sculpture glow!

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