You’ve seen it at Burning Man, Pyrotopia and even on Katy Perry: Colorful wire that glows like neon. Now learn how to create your own art illuminated with electroluminescent wire (EL-wire). This 4-hour workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get started, including:
— How EL-wire works
— How to solder the wire and assemble controllers
— Using EL-wire in clothing, signage and other projects
— Safety and design considerations
Each student will receive a starter kit with 2 metres of wire, an EL-wire controller, batteries and additional components. Additional lengths of EL-wire in a variety of colors will be available for purchase at the class.
You don’t need to know anything about circuits or wiring, however basic soldering experience is required. We will provide soldering irons and other tools. Also, please bring reading glasses if you wear them since we will be joining wires the width of a human hair.
Cost is $55 per person ($45 for HackPittsburgh members) and includes all materials. Seating is limited to 8 people per session.
Video of an EL-wire dress created by the class instructors (Drue Miller and Jet Townsend): http://vimeo.com/40740541