These steps will show you how to source and manipulate images from online, cut the silhouette, install the EL wire and mount the design on your wall.
Step 1: Image Manipulation
Try to find images that have a distinct background so the silhouette is easily distinguished. Once images have been sourced open up in a image manipulation software. I will describe Photoshop functions here, but these are simple and will be achievable in other software.
Use the replace colour function to replace dominant background colours. The notes on the images should explain the Photoshop functions. Alternatively just magic wand or lasso the image onto a new sheet. Open a new sheet and make this roughly the size you want the overall silhouette to be. In my case, I want it to be large - like 1500 x 1000mm wide, stretch up to the size you want on the page. I want to have some flax leaves at the bottom, so I have found some that I like and I have lassoed and cut them onto a new sheet.
Once the colour images are on the sheet use the 'curves' function and stretch the curve to the upper left hand side. This will saturate the image totally black. There are many other ways to do this, so feel free to experiment or do it your own way.
Step 2: Image Organisation
The whole design is based on fitting over a wall socket. This is basically so that I can plug in the EL lighting transformer and hide alot of the electronics behind the silhouette.
Once you have your image exactly as you want ot see it on your wall, print it out ready for cutting out of card. This could also be laser cut if your lucky enough to have access to one. I personally printed out this design on about 12 A3 sheets.
Step 3: Cutting the Form
The best way to transfer images to card is to use a pin. Prick along the drawing to get the form, then cut out. The forms will need to be stuck together to make one solid form. This can be done by simply sticking placing the forms together and gluing a piece of card over the join.
I have traced around the corrugated card onto the back of the black card ready to stick to the front side. Do not stick the two cards together just yet as you will need some way to fix the design to the wall.
Step 4: Fixing to the Wall
First cut cross the card and push the pin through so the top of the pin will be flush with the front of the card. Cover the pin with masking tape to avoid pushing the pin back through.
The number of pins required will depend on the size of the design. I have used one about every 200mm or so and everywhere where the design may need some support. This will depend on the rigidity of the card used. Now you can glue the black card to the corrugate but be careful as these pins will be in this position from now on!
Step 5: Adding the EL wire
One of the big problems is how to fix the silhouette to the wall without disturbing the length of light coming from the wire. This is overcome by using white or clear "twisty ties". Cut the card with two slits where the EL wire is to run and poke the twisty tie through. These ties will need to be placed at any point where the design curves or turns. Lay the EL wire and twist the EL wire into place.
The transformer or battery pack to power the EL wire can be hidden behind the silhouette depending on the size, however, the design may need to be packed out with card or longer pins may need to be used.
Step 6: Testing the Silhouette
Try different colours and different designs. Since the EL wire is only twisted into place, it is quite easy to change colours when you want to.
Enjoy your new wall light.