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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Glow in the Dark Shorts on: July 09, 2012 03:15:36 PM
Yep.. so I'm pretty much obsessed with anything that glows. So I had an idea for this festival coming up in August. It's called IDENTITY in Mountain View, CA and a lot rave-goers go there. Girls normally wear minimal clothing, like tutus and fluffy boots, but I decided to just decorate my shorts with EZ-EL Wire of course! I started in the front with some squiggly designs on the side, and just for giggles I sewed a cute little heart on the center of my butt lol. Suuuuuuper easy and fun to make!



Materials:
 1. Translucent Thread
 2. Needle
 3. 25ft Purple EZ-EL wire
 4. Wire cutter
 5. Fabric chalk
 6. Velcro

Step 1:
Decide what design you want on your article of clothing! For me, I decided to do squiggly patterns on the side of my legs and a heart on the butt. When you've decided, place the connecter and inverter on the inner waistband of your shorts or shirt. This is where you will begin sewing.


Step 2: Begin using thread (color depends on your article of clothing) to sew on the pattern onto your shorts.




Step 3: Almost done! Just need to snip off the excess wire and sew the rest of it onto the shorts.
Ta da!







 
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / July 4th EZ-EL Wire Hat on: July 06, 2012 09:23:55 AM
This past fourth of July I decided to make a fedora hat decked out with EZ-EL Wire! I used the colors red, white, and blue of course, and twisted and turned the colors together to form some patterns. Check it out! Smiley



Step-By-Step Tutorial if you're interested!

Materials:

1. Hat
2. 10' Red EL Wire
3. 10' Blue EL Wire
4. 10' White EL Wire
5. Needle
6. Black Sewing Thread
7. 3v Inverter
8. 3-way splitter cable
9. Scissor
10. 1-3 Zip Tie


Step 1: Cut hole

Using a scissor, cut a 3/4 in. hole at the top corner of the hat. Mimic what is being done in the picture or poke a hole where ever you want to start off your design. Poking this hole will help conceal the start of the wire and allow the output wires to be concealed inside the hat.

Step 2: String the Wire through the Hole

String EZ-EL wire through the hole you have just made in Step 1.

Step 3: Zip Tie

Zip tie the red, white, and blue EL wire together.

Step 4: Pull!

Once the wire is through the hole, pull the EL wire all the way through unti the very end. Make sure to conceal the non-Plastic part inside of the hat.

Step 5: Start Stitching

You can do any pattern you choose to. Place the wire anywhere you want to start your design. I chose to start the process at the top of the hat. Poke the needle from inside the hat and poke it through to the outside and continue two more times. the string should end up back inside the the hat where you tie it off with the starting end.

Step 6: Collect Wire & Twist


Wrap the collected wires together on the edge and sew it at the curving point.

Put the EL wires together. Sew the beginning in to the side of the hat first, then start twisting. Once you are satisfied with the length of the twist pattern go ahead and sew the end point of the twist pattern to the hat. ( I twisted the wire until the i used up all the wire.) Then twist tie the end point to prevent it from unraveling. Using the twisted pattern wrap the wire around the hat or line it up to create your own design.

Step 7: Poke Hole and End Point

Poke a hole at the brim of the hat or anywhere your design ends. Then string the excess wire through the hole. This helps conceal the wire and allows it to rest on the side of the hat.

Snip off any excess wire with a wire cutter and you've got yourself a custom made hat! Feel free to change out the colors and the design to make it your own!

And now you've got a decked out hat that glows in the dark!


3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Neon Children's Umbrella using EL Wire on: July 02, 2012 09:48:19 AM
Here's something I recently did with my little niece! I used EZ-EL Wire to line her umbrella and made a little turtle at the handle too. It's a really easy and especially fun project to do, especially if you're making it with a little mischief. 



Picture Tutorial if you're interested Cheesy

Step 1: Start at the Handle
Start the wire near the handle of the umbrella, where the inverter will go, and move up the shaft to the neck. At the neck, tape the EL wire to it by wrapping tape around the shaft and wire.

Step 2: Taping Wire to the Edges

At the end of the spoke, tape the wire across the edge of the umbrella. You can also zip tie the wire to the spoke for added security and strength.

Step 3: Looping around the Edge
Tape EL wire down the next spoke over using the same technique as used in Step 2. At the top of the umbrella, loop the wire around the neck. Then tape the EL wire back up the same spoke towards the edge. Tip: Make sure to leave enough slack in the loop to allow the umbrella to close properly.

Repeat Steps 2-5 for the entire umbrella till all the spokes have EL wire attached.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / EL Wire Wheelchair on: June 28, 2012 11:07:52 AM
Got some positive feedback on my last project, so I thought I'd post another one! Here's a wheelchair decked out with EZ-EL Wire. I thought it would be really cool because it makes your wheelchair more visible at night, and a whole lot more awesome!

5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Glow in the Dark Skateboard Using EL Wire on: June 27, 2012 02:52:46 PM
Hey guys! So I don't know how aware the community is of EZ-EL wire (electroluminescent wire), but I just want to show off some of the projects that I've created Smiley. I hope you guys like what I made.

Here's a skateboard I just finished making. The idea behind it was that it's summertime now, it's hot, so maybe it'd be nice to go on a nighttime cruise! It works on either skateboard or longboard (well..virtually anything actually), and it definitely looks pretty cool when riding at night.




And here's a Step-By-Step Tutorial if you're interested!

Materials:

Wire cutter
25' Pink EL Wire kit
Skateboard
Black flat spray paint
Painters tape
X-Acto Knife
E-6000 glue
Heating gun
Screwdriver
Wrench

Step 1: Strip the Vinyl Decal

Unscrew the 2 trucks that are underneath the deck. When this is done, score the sections on the image which is on the bottom of the deck. By cutting sections of the image, this will make the vinyl decal easier to rip off. Then place the heating gun at the edge of the deck. Take the point of the X-Acto knife and lift the image off the deck. You will continue to do so until the entire board is complete and you are left with a blank surface.

Step 2: Spray Paint Deck

Once you finish stripping the vinyl decal, line the deck with painters tape. Then spray paint the deck flat black and it should dry within 15 minutes. Make sure you have newspaper or cardboard box to cover the ground before proceeding.

Step 3: Applying the EL Wire

Use the E-6000 glue and line the edge of the deck with the el wire on top. Make sure the wire is applied in a neat manner, and that it is  aligned on the board. For every inch, place a strip of painter tape to keep the el wire in place while the glue sets.

Step 4: Create and Apply your Logo



Once spray paint settles and the glue is dry, put your logo or art design on the bottom of the deck.

Step 5: Reinstall Trucks


When you are finished with your logo, reinstall the trucks to the skateboard.

Enjoy! Cheesy
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