This EL Wire Cowboy Boot Project is probably the coolest wearable technology piece I have made to date, although LED Shoulder Pads is a close second still. EL Wire is probably one of the most inspiring materials I have worked with in a long time. It has so much potential to make anything awesomer with a fine line of light to accentuate design. When I started working with it, I knew it could be cool to incorporate it into the embroidered motifs found on Cowboy Boots.
Check out the steps below to see how I achieved this look, it's easier than you think :D
Step 1: Materials
- Red Cowboy Boots
- Red Thread
- RadioShack EL Wire 3M (Red) (Radioshack Catalog #: 276-332) x2
- RadioShack Power Inverter for EL Wire/Tape/Panel (RadioShack Catalog #:276-338) x2
- Enercell® "AA" Alkaline Batteries (RadioShack Catalog #: 23-255) x4
And these tools:
Step 2: Get Started
I figured out that if I used the pre-existing embroidery holes in the boot, it was a lot easier to sew the EL wire into place.
I started with the EL wire under the pull-up strap of the boot, so I could easily hide my wire later.
BE SURE TO USE A THIMBLE! These needles are super duper sharp, and are designed to punch through cow-hide, your skin isn't too different :-/