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sea monkey
08-06-2009, 05:14 AM
Im making a pair of wings for a friend of mine and the wings have to glow. (http://images1.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Drakengard_The-Materials-Scans-drakengard-1056196_800_1180.jpg) so i was thinking of using some plastic to form the wings and use LEDS to light them up. However, I dont really know how to work with LED ( been quite some time since I wired anything together from scratch)

any recommendations on where to buy them?
Advice on how to work with them?
What do I need to make them work? (besides a switch and power supply)

or should I just tweak the LED toys you can find in the 50cent machines?

Any advice is appreciated.

and if you click on the green text it will take you to the picture.
Thanks.

Celyddon
08-06-2009, 01:51 PM
I have another suggestion for you that might prove easier--try EL wire. It's bendable, glows, and is usually powered by a single source that you can conceal in your costume. You can Google for it--several places sell it. Usually, it's either sold in precut lengths (i.e. 10ft) or by the foot.

sea monkey
08-06-2009, 02:32 PM
Thanks so much =D

Sirblood
08-06-2009, 02:52 PM
If you have access to thin flexable plastic, you could simply put the LED's right beside where they will mount to your back. You will want to make a sandwich of 2 sheets of plastic essentially leaving a thin air pocket in the middle. Take fine grit sand paper and lightly sand the wings if they are too transparent.

I would consider puting a piece of round plastic near the middle down the wings as well. This will keep the 2 pieces of plastic from sticking togather and will give the LED's a better path for their light to shine down.

EL wire would work very well also

daguru
08-08-2009, 05:12 AM
A good tutorial for building El Wire costumes/props can be found here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/how-to-add-EL-wire-to-a-coat-or-other-garment/

I purchase my EL Wire from EL Best Buy. They have the BRIGHTEST wire you can get:
http://store.yahoo.com/cgi-bin/clink?light-up-clothing+nB4Uga+index.html

CreepyUncleLee
08-08-2009, 05:42 AM
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq12/Travorly3023/5816_131589594987_720744987_3131723.jpg

combine this idea a Gambit cosplayer came up with for his glowing card with the EL idea with larger pieces of acrylic glasspersplex, which can be found at a hardware store like home depo,i think in the windows section,they might have green tint

daguru
08-08-2009, 05:48 AM
http://i429.photobucket.com/albums/qq12/Travorly3023/5816_131589594987_720744987_3131723.jpg

combine this idea a Gambit cosplayer came up with for his glowing card with the EL idea with larger pieces of acrylic glasspersplex, which can be found at a hardware store like home depo,i think in the windows section,they might have green tint

Is this guy on c.com? I have to congratulate him. A glowing card is one thing, but this one turns on via the electrical conductivity running through his fingers. That's simply amazing!

CreepyUncleLee
08-08-2009, 06:14 AM
I dont remember him listing his name, but he was on /cgl/ on 4chan at least a month or so back, i grabbed the few pics he posted and the words he wrote on a progress thread I looked at every couple hours until it died,lol

If ya manage to find him, thank him for me too,heh

sea monkey
08-11-2009, 07:16 PM
Thank you so much everyone!
My original idea was to sandwich the lights in between the plastic and maybe use some of that spray paint for frosting glass just to give the light a more "fuzzy effect."