Browsing the internet, I found that the EL shapes came in many colours and shapes.
I'd recently bought a new jacket in a charity shop. Got it home and kind of changed my mind about keeping it. Anyway, I stuck it in the wardrobe instead of taking it back.
The jacket had a thin grid of white lines and the following idea was developed:
Design a jacket that:
1) flashed automatically
2) was colourful
3) was arty
4) was amazing
5) would challenge me
The following pictures show the plans:
The shape, colour and channel number of each position:
I decided to make a feature of the wires by having them on the outside.
Working on possible wiring plans. This one I didn't do.
This one I didn't do.
This one I did.
Then I began to attach the wires and solder the shapes:
Some details of my wires, cable ties and shapes:
The Jacket was all wired up. Front, back and sleeves:
I made some extension leads to allow me to hold the controller in my hand during operation.
The extension leads (channel 1+, 1-, 2+, 2-, 3+, 3-) take the sequencing signal to a small distribution board that is concealed in one of the pockets.
The board is covered to prevent damage (and shocks).
I also made some glasses from two red EL wire circles. These connect via a trialing lead to the top of the jacket.
And as soon as it was finished, I had to record it working.........
The became my newest and favorite jacket. (Until the next one that is.......... )
Having worn this out to events, parties, club nights and Glastonbury, I soon learnt that by having the wires on the outside makes the jacket very easy to damage. I normally have to repair one or two or three solder joints the following day.
So I may never make another jacket with wires on the outside, but I think it was worth it just the once.
1) flash automatically? YES!
2) was colourful? YES!
3) was arty? YES!
4) was amazing? YES I THINK SO!
5) would challenge me? YES, I was challenged by the neat and exposed wires.