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karenology
« on: March 27, 2009 02:44:19 PM »

I am designing a baby mobile for a niece-on-the-way, and I'd like to know more about working with electroluminescent wire.  Pardon the newbie questions but this is definitely an area in which i have no experience!

1) Concerned adult question first: is EL wire safe to use around babies or will it sprout a third arm?  That would make knitting sweaters for my niece very difficult, see.

2) Can the wire be safely woven through knit or other fabric, or is there any danger of burning through?   What about in heavy paper, like card stock?

3) how simple / hard is it to rig the EL to switch on and off?  I imagine neither parents nor baby would want the mobile lit 24/7. 

More questions to come as I think of them!
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kwicz
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009 07:21:29 PM »

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=243680.0
http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-add-EL-wire-to-a-coat-or-other-garment/

As long as the baby can't get to it, it's fine to use for a mobile.  It's like any other wire, you can knit or weave it but you have to be careful not to break it.  It's cool to the touch so it should be fine for paper and fiber projects, and as far as I can tell the ease of switching on and off depends on the inverter/power source combo.  

Sounds fun! Please post your finished product, if you decide to make it!
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karenology
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2009 01:47:39 PM »

Thank you for your help....I'm going to order some and play around with it before I go any further in the design process, I think!
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kwicz
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2009 06:34:04 PM »

Sound like fun!  I found out from a costume designer that items made with the wire can be gently laundered if the connections are shrink-sealed, or spot cleaned if they aren't.  A friend and I are designing some biking gear with it!
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2009 09:59:27 AM »

We are seeing this a lot lately in clothing, and using for a mobile would be great. I can't wait to see what you come up with.
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