Hey 2023 Burner ms, what are you bringing to the Playa this year?

Is anything made for burning man ever truly finished?


Leaving the 16x16x16 cube at home, spent too many hours on it just to have the playa destroy it in a week but making a mutant vehicle instead with 900 LEDs. Nothing too crazy and just a single PB pushing em over 4 channels.


Ha! Hey parker, camping over with Brett at Baconeers. Keep a eye out for the MV!

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I’ll be bringing a beta version of the Technocolour Dreamcoat V3. Four hundred pixels (so far…) in an isometric grid.



5’ cat tail for the back of my bike. Will be covered in faux fur.

600 LEDs running a set of the canned patterns at 5% for now. Can run without issue off just USB at that level.

The frame is made from mostly PEX and bit janky, but should hold up.


This is my new skateboard helmet, I’ll be wearing it daily – It’d truly brighten my night (pun intended) as piece of playa magic and serendipity if someone saw this post, saw the helmet on the open playa, and came up and said hello.

It uses basically all the techniques I documented a few weeks ago in my beginner tutorial on this forum, but… then gets a lot more complicated when I decided custom design (with help from friends) and 3-D print LED diffusers, which I can share the STL files for if there’s interest – they’re designed to work for the very popular right now pebble string lights, which are used in this project.

The demo footage is using a palette based version of three patterns: Xorcery, Spiral Twirls 2D, and Pulse 2D, with the 3D shape of the helmet simplified to a 2D map.

I’m also co-leading a camp, Bubble TEAse, 9&C, serving bubble milk tea, 2-4 PM Monday to Friday; feel free to come by.

It has a sensor expansion board installed – in the “no Burning Man Project is ever finished” sense, it’s not currently using it. I had big aspirations of doing a sound reactive or motion based pattern – if anyone has sample code that would work for a piece like this, feel free to suggest ideas. @hbeck , I had saved a post from you with a sound reactive pattern that might work, but couldn’t find the actual PixelBlaze code in your GitHub; if you finish that code section, let me know, and thanks!

*P.S. – @zranger1 (and @wizard ) – this is the project I used as the core test bed for all of the pattern code I was building into my beginner tutorial – it uses… basically every new PixelBlaze feature over the last year!


Made a simple faux fur scarf. I have some more complex WLED setups at our camp at 7:30 G benevolent elephant. Come say hey!


Hi everyone! Me and my crew do an installation at 6:05 (towards 9 side of keyhole) and Esplanade every year, it’s a 60’ wall made of 3 storage containers. Were doing an animal mural with some cool changes between day and night. Not sure how Pixelblazey itll be, more blacklight activated this time. But also doing two backlit signage/art walls for Trap and Nap / Sprack City at 7&D, and then making a backlit mini dj stand with a PB lighting it up. Excited to use the darkness for canvas!


I don’t think anyone’s another thread mentioned it, but I wanted to post the info here for the 2023 LEDs Are Awesome meetup.

It’s Tuesday (8/29) 7-10 PM at Camp Illuminaughty, 9:15&G.

Here’s the FB event page if that’s your thing:

Hope to see you and your awesome projects there!

If you see a big iceberg art car, come to the lighting control desk out in the dance area and ask for Jeff! I’d love to say hi and point out @zranger1’s amazing work. We should have about 140K LEDs going, unfortunately a little too large for today’s Pixelblaze capabilities :slight_smile:


Btw, @Paintedladder is the artistic genius behind the EM logo and the Pixelblaze toon.

His murals are legendary.


What’s the name of it?

Ill probably be pretty visible.


How many pixels / LEDs is this, and how are you powering it? Looking great!

EDIT: The YouTube video title says 600 LEDs.

Yeah about 600. Really happy with how it looks.

2x 21700 batteries in series and a switching bec to drop to 5v. Batteries were pretty cheap too so just bringing a bunch of spares with a 3d printed case I made.

Battery lasts just over 3 hours at 50% brightness and running a random assortment of patterns. It’s so bright that 50% is ample.

Not sure if these are used by anyone in the led community? Used what I was familiar with from drones.


F-ING FINISHED! Keep a eye out for us in the desert, we will be carrying coffee on the go!


thats super sweet! gonna keep a eye out for that, im always down for coffeeeeeeee

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The name of the Keyhole piece? Good question, its not in the registry with The Artery. But a title is a good move. How about :

Diurn-All Nocturnia
A day and nightscape of Black Rock Desert’s fauna

Thanks Spazzle :slight_smile:

I think I walked past your guys’ camp a couple times each day this year at LIB 2023!

I was the dude carrying this on my shoulder.

I’m planning on bringing out my RGB-reactive fractal art booth next year for 2024. We’ll have to meet up!



I’d love to see more build pictures! What kind of LEDs are you using, how do you fix them inside the jacket, how do you get power to all of them? From the look of the PB wiring it’s all one string?

Can I ask what kind of leds you used for this? I have used strips in the past for wearables, but I find pebbles easier to work with. The issue with pebbles for something like this is how to keep them “face up” inside the jacket without having to sew each individual one.