Hello everyone! Firstly, I would like to thank Enlighted for their Instructable on adding EL wire to clothes, it helped me out a bunch with this. Check it out: www.instructables.com/id/how-to-add-EL-wire-to-a-coat-or-other-garment/

Now, read on!

Step 1: Supplies.

Okay, you'll need:

A hat, I used a cheap felt top hat from UsToy.


An awl.

El wire kit. I bought mine from Thats Cool Wire. Link to the kit I bought: http://www.thatscoolwire.com/store/item.asp?Category=168&SubCategoryID=124&GroupID=&SKU=WY-NH-LZ-3V
You'll need enough for the rim of the hat your working on. (Or whatever design your doing)

To attach the battery pack to the inside of the hat, I used a piece of stick on velcro. (The hook side)

A needle, and fishing line. (I used two really long pieces, I ran out the first time.)

Is the battery pack just a battery pack or are there any modifying elements?<br />
Good question, it is actually an inverter that came with the kit, and it holds one double A battery. The wire has to run on a higher voltage, so thats what the inverter does.&nbsp;
An inverter transforms AC to DC.&nbsp; It's the sort of thing found in every wall adapter.&nbsp; Do you mean a transformer?&nbsp; That would make a DC voltage into another DC voltage?&nbsp; What kind of voltage runs through the&nbsp; wire?<br />
Actually, an inverter creates an alternating current (AC) from direct current (DC). Transformers don't work on DC unless the DC is pulsed. That is what happens here. A transistor circuit is used to turn the DC into AC. Then it is routed through a transformer to boost the voltage.
I'm not the best person to answer this. =/ But, if you check out the Instructable in the related area here, look at Enlighted's Instructable, she explains it a lot better then I can.&nbsp;
I'll take a look.&nbsp; Thanks anyway.<br />
Your welcome! Sorry I couldn't explain better.&nbsp;
wait, doesn't el wire require high voltage ac to run? or do i have something mixed up.
In the battery holder, there's a built in transformer/inverter thingy that takes the voltage from the batteries and makes it run the EL wire.

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