Here's another fast and fun project I've done recently - Jeans with decorative el-wires which glow at night. It is very festive and easy to make.
(Sorry for the horizontal video... I hate when people do that :P)
Last week I went to a music festival. I bought the tickets 3 days before and was thinking what can I bring with me. I didn't have enough time to built something big - Only one free evening until the festival. Then I remember my el-wires! I bought a bunch of them a while ago and haven't had the chance to use them yet.
What are el-wires (חוטימור)? Well, lets not get into the chemical details, but in general it is a flexible electrical wire which glows when connected to AC high voltage. To make an el-wire glow, you'll need:
- Wires - They come in many colors and they are not always as seems in the pictures. I recommend green and white for best glow.
- A connector - The wires usually come with a connector for easy use.
- An inverter - To power the el-wire one will most likely use batteries, USB or car-jack which means 3V-12V input. The inverter makes the output voltage around 100V at around 1000Hz, the voltage needed to light the wires. Don't worry about the dangerous high voltage - The current is so small it is not really dangerous.
When I first encountered el-wires I noticed it can really upgrade party-clothes, so I started by looking on YouTube videos of "how-to". In most of the videos I watched people did some great work and sewed the el-wire to their clothes. I didn't had the time to sew so I decided to try something else. Since I've used jeans I didn't care so much about, I decided to check how it goes with hot glue. It seems as hot glue is really good for jeans - not so good if you want to get it off after though.
So I started with gluing the wire to the jeans:
I choose to start from bottom so I can go over the entire jeans without the need to go back up and down. Notice you do not curve the el-wire too much, it can actually break and stop working, just feel it and don't put too much pressure:
Getting to the middle, I started again from the other bottom part of the jeans to make a symmetric design, and finally did some curves at the top of the jeans:
So far seems good:
But I wanted to add another color. In order to do that I had to use a connector splitter:
The splitter I had was "1 to 6" splitter. Unfortunately, I've noticed that when connecting more than two colors the "glow" diminishes pretty quickly. So I de-solder the splitter:
and connected back only "1 to 2" splitter. Also, I made it much longer so I can put the inverter in my pocket and connect the wires on the bottom of the jeans. Next, I glued a white el-wire and the jeans was almost ready:
Last, I made a small hole at the bottom of the jeans to put the connectors through
and a hole at the top of the jeans to put the wires from the inverter into the jeans.
The entire project took about two hours and was fun to build. Also - was a big hit at the festival. Think I'm gonna order some more el-wires so I can ruin some more clothes at the next festival.