- --- In F-Costume@yahoogroups.com, Judy Mitchell <judymitch@o...> wrote:
> Anyone out there have any good ideas on how to make something thatlooks
> like a glowing halo? It will be hand-held, not on the head.Perhaps a round picture frame? Look in the baby dept. for
> We were thinking about starting with a clear plastic towel ring and
> using white LEDs, but we can't find towel rings in clear plastic these
> days. Anything else that's a clear ring and about maybe 8-10" diameter?
toys/rattles that are round clear plastic? If desperate, perhaps make
your own with clear resin and a jello mold? you could mold your LEDs
right in the ring
. A neat thing I discovered accidently while goofing around, those
twist rods on mini blinds that are like 6 sided and clear glow red
when a light is shined thru one end,like a very skinny light saber.
I thought it was kewel!
Also a member of LOTR web site and POTC,and Van Helsing too.
- hobbitmomof4 wrote:
> Perhaps a round picture frame? Look in the baby dept. forwe did try a couple baby departments. nothing. the only clear rings
> toys/rattles that are round clear plastic?
were rattles -and baby fist sized.
Oddly, Michael's was clearancing some bracelets that are a soft colored
gelplastic that had 2 LEDS in them that you can press a switch to turn
on. As I suspected the lights really just glowed at those spots and it
didn't bend around the ring much at all (knew I didn't believe in
physics! husband kept insisting the refraction properties would make the
ring glow. not.)
However, Jonatha has turned me on to the wonderful abilities of
ElectroLuminesce Wire (EL Wire). I've ordered 9' of white and the power
inverter that works of a couple of batteries plus priority shipping from
FL at only $20. not bad. Hopefully it should come in on monday. The wire
is firm, but very pliable. Jonatha had shown me hers that she bent
around and 'braided' into a 4-strand ring, wasn't especially floppy at
all, glowed quite well. So unless something startlingly better comes
along, I think this will make the halo. Oh and it comes in a bunch of
colors, some of the wires even come 'welted' with this flange along one
side for sewing into seams! Think of the anime costuming you can do with
this stuff as piping (and apparently it can go 10hours before the
batteries die out).
Also talked with other friends last night, and my original idea was to
stuff the powerpack down my friend's cleavage and run a wire out her arm
for the halo. It was suggested that if she sweats and it gets into the
power box, the results could be back; so to run a bead of hot glue or
even rubber cement around any contact or place that sweat could get
into. But then Ming suggested strapping it to her arm instead with
velcro or one of the "runner's bands" that hold ipods and wallets.
Easier for her to turn on and off (or blink! it has a blink mode), less
sweat problems, and it won't be seen under the puffy upper sleeve.
So thanks all! I think this will work. I just can't wait to be done
with this costume at DragonCon.