Where do you get the wire?
I get my wire and power supplies from CoolNeon.com
. You can order any length of electroluminescent wire.
How many feet of wire will I need?
This dress is made with approximately 20 feet of wire.
If I am designing a pattern beforehand, how do I measure it?
Draw your pattern on paper "actual size" and measure it with a string - place the string along the line and then measure the string with a measuring tape or ruler.
Is the wire available in diffrerent thicknesses?
Wire is available in different gauges ranging from 1.2mm to 5mm.ELAM: manufacturer's specs
How much power does it need? What are the electronic specifications?
You will need a different power supply for different lengths of wire.ELAM: manufacturer's specsCoolNeon Driverssee larger video
What is the history of the Fire Skirt?
I started making luminous artwork in 1997, studying Neon and Glassblowing arts.
I wanted to make a neon dress, but while I love the glow of neon, its fragile glass tubes would make the dress completely non-functional, so I looked into other alternatives, and found EL wire.
What other projects have you done?
One of my art missions is to create magic-realist objects: I've noticed that people respond in a particularly fond and comfortable way to art objects that belong in everyday life = clothing, furniture, cars, and software applications don't seem to intimidate people as easily as gallery art can.
Everyone loves the artwork that glows - there is something
very poetic and inspirational about the idea of illuminating the darkness.
See below for images of my other glow artwork,
or visit my website: caballera.com
or my etsy shop: caballera.etsy.comsee larger video