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For the past couple of years my brother and I have been attending a festival held on the Isle of Wight in the UK called Bestival http://www.bestival.net/ . It's a brilliant friendly festival with an emphasis on people going in fancy dress (if they want to) linked to a different theme each year. Last year's theme was 'Fantasy/Fantastic' (or something like that!) which as you can imagine was pretty much the widest theme you can think off and there were a lot of amazing costumes. We went with some EL wired tuxedos and top hats and we were blown away by the interest and attention they received and we got to chat to a lot of really nice people in the process. We even featured on Channel 4's coverage of the event (for about 2 seconds!)

Anyway - in the spirit of bigger and better for this year (theme being 'rock and pop heroes/divas') we toyed with the idea of re-creating the daft punk outfits from Tron Legacy...then we decided it would be too hard and take too long...but decided to do it anyway!

Materials used:

Approx 5 metres of 25mm EL ribbon and associated inverters per outfit
Suitable jacket and trousers
self adhesive mirror sheet
black chrome vinyl sheet
thin acetate sheet for the visor - also car window tinting film
2 strips of 'car sidelight' LED's - the ones that are supposed to make your ride look like an an expensive Audi
LOTS of duct tape
couple of 8x AA battery holders
wiring
2 x empty drink cans
plasticard and thin card
bendable metal strip
2 part epoxy resin
silicone sealant
thin copper tape
strong black foam double sided tape used for attaching car badges etc.

Tools:

scalpel
scissors
laminating machine
hairdryer
soldering iron / solder
sharpie pen
lots of tea
soldering iron
 
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angryrobot1711 months ago
Where did you get el tape?
o__o1 year ago
Whats the measurements for the mouth? Nice helmet by the way. :)
Alright alright dumb question but I'm going to ask it, so if I buy El wire (ribbon, belt, whatever) I can cut it then solder it together and it will still function properly?
cblair32 years ago
Could you send me a link for the LEDs or the helmet so tell me where you got them and but them together and in the helmet, thx guys!!! also the link for the EL ribbon,
Will pay for one
make a offer
garrettg202 years ago
Where did you buy the chrome helmet you used?
adamu25 (author)  garrettg202 years ago
Have a look at this other instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/DJ-hero-Chrome-Daft-Punk-Helmet/  for the link :D
rnasrallah2 years ago
so if you fold the paper correctly are there no gaps in it? if not then what did you use to fill in the gaps?
adamu25 (author)  rnasrallah2 years ago
There will probably be gaps which you can cover up with a bit of fancy cutting of the mirror vinyl and maybe some silver coloured silicone sealant - it's used on stainless steel in kitchens/bathrooms etc - the colour isn't a perfect match but it helps to tie it all together and looks a lot neater - hope this helps! :)
Helped a lot mate! Much obliged! Ill make sure to up load a picture of my finished product!
rnasrallah2 years ago
Oh and about what size did you print out the template that you used for the cardstock, mine is wayyy to small I think
adamu25 (author)  rnasrallah2 years ago
I printed mine out at 90% of the original Luchofunk templates...
mine seems way to small, is that normal before you have it on the helmet ? (its in the mail)
elawler12 years ago
How much did it cost total? And would you consider making a costume if I were to pay you for parts and labor? Because my friend and I want to be this for Halloween but we're horrible at wiring and would probably ruin it haha
adamu25 (author)  elawler12 years ago
I'd have a guess at about £150 per suit all in for the materials...I wouldn't be able to make one for someone as it's all a bit experimental and I'd feel pretty bad if it stopped working soon after you got it! Give it a go! :D
TofuCube122 years ago
This is absolutely incredible. Congratulations for successfully bringing these characters into real life! I managed to make a Tron deadmau5 outfit, but mainly using reflective tape. There's nothing like wearing Tron attire and feeling awesome about it!
adamu25 (author)  TofuCube122 years ago
Thanks for your comment, the Tron thing is totally true! :D - loving the Tron Deadmau5 outfit - looks ace!
sd2kool4u2 years ago
thanks guys : ) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmN8o1Iqh5w
adamu25 (author)  sd2kool4u2 years ago
Great stuff! It looks ace!
klimb2 years ago
So, it wouldn't be weird to be kinda turned on by this would it?
adamu25 (author)  klimb2 years ago
Nah, It's pretty much the effect I was hoping for :)
viihus2 years ago
that helmet used
sd2kool4u2 years ago
where did you get your jacket i looked everywhere and cant seem to find my size :(
adamu25 (author)  sd2kool4u2 years ago
The jackets were from Primark - reduced to 10 quid in the summer clearance - usual price would have been 20 I think. Happy hunting!
arram0873 years ago
really great stuff.

any instructions on how to make the Guy-Manuel helmet?
adamu25 (author)  arram0873 years ago
Hi arram087 - my brother made that one and I've asked him to post it so hopefully he'll get around to it soon! It's based on the replica Boba Fett Star Wars helmet you can buy for around £20
NAGYbomb3 years ago
Hi, Adamu25 - great work! Few questions about the lighting:

Helmet LEDs:
1. Could you see out of the helmet when you were done inserting the lights and they were illuminated? / How did you make that work?
2. What power source is required to run the LEDs? / How long do those car lights stay illuminated?

EL Ribbon:
1. Is "EL Tape" the same as the "EL ribbon" you mentioned?
2. Can you please provide the place you sourced EL from? (I need to order some, too!)
3. Is all of the EL lighting daisy-chain-connected to one battery source? / What type of battery(s)?
4. How long does it stay illuminated?

I know that's a handful of questions to answer, but I would REALLY appreciate your professional feedback and experience! Thank you!!!
adamu25 (author)  NAGYbomb3 years ago
Thanks a lot NAGYbomb :)

Ok here goes:

Helmet

1.Vision is reduced by glare but with all of the LEDs placed towards the bottom of the visor (leaving a gap to see out of at the top) and shielding inside the helmet made from more black duct tape to block any of the light from shining back in to the helmet you can improve things - I also intend on putting a switch in to easily turn the eyes off when moving about - you could even wire this up to be in your sleeve/palm - then you could flash people! I think the nose vent design is also made to allow you to look directly downwards out of the gaps, beacause, well, you can!

2.The LEDs are rated at 12V - for my entire suit I have two 8xAA holders - one set powering the trousers and helmet and the other set powering the jacket - I've had the same set in throughout all the construction and testing process and I left everything powered on the other day and it ran for 70 mins before I turned it off with no noticeable change in brightness...

EL ribbon/tape

1. Yes, same thing!

2. I found a few sellers in China through alibaba.com and got a quote from a few of them - I've deleted the emails sorry so I can't give you the exact name...

3. All of the EL is connected to two inverters (supplied with tape) either soldered in or using 'Y' leads -'Y' leads are a hell of a lot easier!

4. Again, it's all powered off 16 AAs (suit and helmet) but it doesn't seem to be too scary on power consumption.

I need to update the instructable regarding joining the multi-piece strips on the front of the jacket and the thighs - obviously the joints are the weak point and I found that when the ones on the trousers particularly were flexed around the thigh it broke the contacts - the solution was to wire each piece of the strip individually with linking wires on the rear, that way each piece has it's own supply so hopefully won't fail - with hindsight I'd do the jacket ones like this too - It saves you messing about with tiny bits of foil tape between the sections too...more photos to follow soon...
adamu25 - this feedback (and the time you took to write it) is greatly appreciated! Thank you!!!! Once again, awesome job on the entire project!!! I'll be certain to let you know if I have additional questions.
adamu25 (author) 3 years ago
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ya this is the best man better than anything i found on this site !!!!
cclime13 years ago
How much LEDs did you use? (LOVE the Helmet.)
adamu25 (author)  cclime13 years ago
There are two strips of the kind used for 'pimping' your car headlights - they are doubled over, i think there are probably about 90 led's in there or thereabouts
cclime1 adamu253 years ago
Thank you! and if you dont mind, can you also tell me hw did you make the visor for Guys helmet?
timnitro3 years ago
so for Halloween this year im going as Thomas banger from tron. this is regarding the adjustments you made for the helmet. 1. can you see out of the helmet 2. im 15 would i have to buy a smaller helmet 3. can you give me instructions on how to make these adjustments and lastly. 4.do the led's you use for the visor already come soldered and ready to go
Thanks for the shout out! I obviously love daft punk, so when I saw this I stopped by to check it out. I'm glad my guide was helpful to you in your project! It looks awesome!
mattfixall3 years ago
GREAT JOB

I LOVE IT
dtrofski3 years ago
hahaha

its so cool being your brother!!!