On Friday night, the Exploratorium hosted a fancy gala in advance of opening our doors on Wednesday the 17th. There were multiple concert stages, flamboyant interior designed spaces, a plethora of food and drink options, and San Francisco's finest dressed to the nines and ready to party. In the Tinkering Studio we decided to make digital bling necklaces with guests using LEDs, wires, and custom laser cut logos, gems, and bow ties. We also brought the laser cutter out on the floor so people could watch the mesmerizing path of the beam.
The workshop table was full all night with many guests adding LED accessories to their evening wear ensembles. There were also great conversations about the laser cutter, the different tools we were using, and tinkering and making in general.
We were a little nervous before the event that the guests wouldn't want to spend time making things with us and would rather just eat, drink, and chat. But once we got going, it was great to see them sitting down, staying for a while, and working to make their own piece of electronic jewelery. After we finished up the workshop, Lianna and I took a lap around the party and saw tons of people wearing their LED necklaces around the museum. It was lots of fun to contribute our own brand of tinkering to this glamorous celebration of our new home!