Enhance your costumes with El-wire! What is it? Imagine a flexible thin wire that glows like neon. El-wire (a.k.a. Electroluminescent Wire) is all the rage for club/rave wearables and art for Burning Man and elsewhere. At this workshop you will learn how to install it SAFELY on your costumes and art.
It's been quite a while since our last workshop, and this time I have some of the latest innovations in El-wire to demonstrate. Even if you have dabbled with El-wire before, I think everyone will learn something useful from this event.
We will be covering the basics of soldering, installing, and powering El-wire. In addition I will be covering "no soldering required" techniques for those who don't want to invest in soldering equipment.
Attendance is *FREE*. We are limiting to 25 people to allow more time for one-on-one assistance.
You are encouraged to bring your projects!! We will have at least an hour dedicated to hands-on project time where the instructors will assist you with questions or problems. You need to bring your own El-wire and inverters. Order these at least 2 weeks in advance if you don't already have stuff. A scant few El-wire kits will be available for purchase at the event, but we will be charging a premium price.
Where to buy El-wire? Here are some resources:
Amazon.com (many 9ft and 11ft lengths w/battery inverter for $10-15)
NeonString.com (long lengths and inverters)
CoolNeon.com (in their catalog section, click on "Cool Neon")
VirtualVillage.com (Chinese supplier -- allow extra shipping time)
Newegg.com (sells 3 meter kits in many colors for $8.28 each)
(Note: We list these sources for your perusal, but we do not advocate or vouch for any of them specifically.)
Warning: The "white" connectors sold by NeonString and CoolNeon are considered unsafe. Be aware of this when buying your El-wire.
What To Bring:
* Your costume or art project
* Any size/color/length of El-wire
* Inverters and batteries
* Needle, thread, tape, glue (however you want to attach wire to art)
* (optional) Soldering iron and solder
* (optional) Hand tools: wire stripper, wire cutter, box knife, "extra hand" stand
* (optional) heat shrink tubing
* (optional) Bifocals, loupes, jeweler's glasses
Questions? message Wolf or Wax(Branden) directly, or post your question below.