>We are starting to work with the electroluminescent wire, own some
>From: "Linda Peterson" <mirhaxa@...>
> > Remotely along these lines, has anyone ever done anything with the
> > NeonTrim stuff:
and are planning to use it in our WorldCon costumes. We were at a
soldering workshop at Cool Neon a week ago. They have the soldering
"parties" monthly from the beginning of the year up to Burningman. The
material is battery operated and relatively easy to work with, although
there are some tricks to soldering it.
The wire is considerably more flexible and versatile than the flat
form. This stuff is very big at Burningman, and easily endures the
conditions. I know that some use has been made of it at Anime Conventions
as I saw some photos at the soldering event.
I am not familiar with the Neon Trim company, since we ran into
CoolNeon and they are about 10 minutes from my home.
The basic structure consists of a core wire which is phosphorus
coated, and has very fine wires wrapped around it, then it is sheathed. It
is those fine wires that have to be attached to the power source. Mostly
they use AA batteries. There are various colors and thicknesses of the
wires. Drivers which the company has available can cause a series of wires
to light in patterned sequences.
In the dark it is impressive. In partial light it is still pretty
One costume I was shown at the party used fishing line to tie
loops down to a heavy fabric background reminiscent of quilting. Do not
expect to be able to get extremely tight curves. It is all fairly new, and
there are variations emerging at a rapid pace.
- I have not checked out the wire or luminous thread (I assume the wire is brighter, and has more than one color), but I did see luminous thread out on the shelves this last Halloween, and and since our presentations can be so short, the thread may be an easier alternative (?) (The thread of course glows in the dark for awhile after being exposed to bright light.) Charles