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Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting (Craft: Projects) (edition 2008)

by Syuzi Pakhchyan

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Title:Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting (Craft: Projects)
Authors:Syuzi Pakhchyan
Info:Make Books (2008), Paperback, 240 pages
Collections:Your library, At APL
Rating:*****
Tags:diy, electronics, craft, sewing

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What a delight! After reading _Fashioning Technology_ (cover to cover, which is strange for a project book), I am inspired and informed. Here are some of its useful elements: clear how-tos on using a multimeter (explained it far better than the instructions that came with my multimeter) and on wiring up LEDs on a breadboard; a stroll through the catalog of available smart materials, with descriptions of their advantages and trade-offs; and projects that show practical applications of those smart materials, serving as a brainstorming springboard to inspire all kinds of ideas. It gave me useful, applicable info in a format that makes me want to get out there and _make_ stuff.

If you don't have a lot of electronics experience, you'll be in good hands here. I'm still a beginner, and I found Pakhchyan's explanations very followable. Boys might find the book a little intimidating, because it assumes you know how to sew. But if you can sew, you can learn to solder, and if you can solder, you can learn to sew.

Once again, I must tip my hat to the team at O'Reilly Media: The book is impeccably edited, both in terms of copy and the correctness of the technical instructions. Editing is the kind of thing that becomes invisible when it is done well, but it really makes the difference between a technical book you can enjoy and one that leaves you befuddled and discouraged. _Fashioning Technology_ does a fantastic job. ( )
  spyderella | Aug 22, 2009 |
More technical than I expected/hoped, but some very interesting projects. ( )
  readinggeek451 | Feb 5, 2009 |
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Ready to take your craft projects to the next level? With "smart" materials, unorthodox assembly techniques, and the right tools, you can create accessories, housewares, and toys that light up, make sounds, or do even more. Fashioning Technology is an introductory DIY book that brings technology and crafts together in a fun and unique way. You get jargon-free primers and lots of how-to projects that will have you making -- and even wearing -- functional works of art.

Written for a broad audience, this book demonstrates how to blend sewing and assembly techniques with traditional electronics to assemble simple circuits using conductive thread, solder joints for snaps, and switches for buttons. With the sewing machine as a viable substitute for the soldering iron, you can craft a new generation of objects that are interactive, quirky, and fashion-conscious.

Author Syuzi Pakhchyan, a seasoned artist, roboticist, and teacher, explains how to use smart materials such as thermo- and photochromatic inks that change color by touch or sunlight, magnetic and conductive paints, polymorph plastic, fiber optics, and more.

In Fashioning Technology, you'll find:

An invaluable reference section that breaks down the materials, components, and tools with clear, concise explanations and photos A wide range of projects, including electronic accessories, interactive plush toys, and color-changing blinds, all using diverse crafting techniques Techniques for seasoned crafters interested in incorporating simple electronics into their own projects Methods for makers proficient in electronics who are looking for unconventional ways to create novel projects

Each project encourages you to personalize and customize using your own designs, materials, and craft skills. Fashioning Technology translates traditional electronics into fun, fashionable interactive projects for the geek, fashionista, and the craft aficionado alike. Now you really can be the flashiest dresser in town.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:28:56 -0400)

Provides instructions for creating a variety of home accents, accessories, and toys that combine crafting and technology.

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