Picture of Fire Skirt!
Wear your own special effects! Learn a glow-in-the-dark clothing technique that mimics the look of fire, using electroluminescent (EL) wire and a combination of reflective and transparent fabrics.

The main function of this dress is for safety and visibility in dark environments, but also it is functional if you love fire and want to look like it. The fire skirt design functionality was inspired by the chaotic, beautiful, intense environment found at outdoor-night-time events: while wearing this skirt, my friends can find me, no one will run into me with a bike or art-vehicle, and it illuminates nearby objects as I walk, making it easy to avoid tent stakes, cacti, or who-knows-what. The dress is visible from all sides, the pattern affords the freedom of movement necessary for walking and dancing, and it has a fiery look that contributes to the party deco.

This demo is based on a presentation about the dress pattern and process from Maker Faire 2007. The presentation was recorded and posted by ArtFuture on the ArtFuture YouTube Group, in 9 segments: here are the videos, with notes, pictures and links... thanks to instructables for providing a good venue for making the presentation & videos complete.

Featured in ELLE Argentina - Agosto 2007,
and Elle Decor Italia - Novembre 2008.

Available through Etsy.com
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Oh wow. I couple of weeks ago I was searching for ways to make clothing simulate fire so that I could make part of my Katniss costume. I didn't find anything, so I'm doing something different that I made up, but this looks great. So a suggestion to others: stuff like this is amazing for Katniss, the girl on fire :)
la (author)  LunaLupinTonks3 years ago
thanks for the note!
now i'm curious about this katniss...
i'm adding "the hunger games" to my reading list! :)
yesss! glad to inspire someone to read such a good book series :)
hunger games sucked. i didnt like it. the movie was dreadful and i couldnt even bare to rad the books.
dreadyjazz3 years ago
I'm sorry I think I accidently flagged this.... I meant to put it in my favorites but I didn't answer it why so hopefully it is incomplete. Sorry again.
How much do you think all of this will cost? I want to make one but I can't spend too much money right now. I love this skirt and I think you did a wonderful job!
la (author)  AngelInTheNight4 years ago
this project cost about $70.

much of the cost is the fabric - this design uses 3 yards each of satin and chiffon, and if you get the good stuff, it can be anywhere from $6-12 per yard.

you could likely cut down the cost by finding a used dress at a thrift shop, and adding the EL wire to it. I've noticed at thrift shops there always seems to be a huge selection of unloved bridesmaid dresses and cast-aside prom dresses, just waiting to be transformed into something more interesting... :)
Thank you very much! I'm planning on doing this on the bottom of the prom dress. I think lights on clothes are amazing and if you have any more pictures of something like this please let me know!
hardhat4446 years ago
did not give enough information
fade4007 years ago
that necklace is AWSOME
vikk fade4006 years ago
it is... i wish there was an instructable for it. If anyone finds one message me pls
la (author)  vikk6 years ago
Thanks for the request, Im glad you like the neckclace!

I don't have the photos and steps for that necklace at this time,
however, I do have a Glow Beadwork Kit available at the Maker Shed:


It incorporates LEDs, beadwork, and fabric; and it could be sewn into a choker-style necklace... (or sewn onto whatever you want)...
Any link for EL wire or where to get all these stuffs in India?
even as a guy i think thats cool... it may have something to do with the ADOS (attention defecate... OOOH SHINY)
Deficit, dude. deficit.
he was too busy finding Shinies to see how it was spelled.
The spelling mistake makes it all the more hilarious...
la (author)  incorrigible packrat7 years ago
i like all the amusement a quirky typo can generate !!!

... (( i actually like the idea of "attention defecate disorder" - it implies that the attention is not simply absent, but that it is being expelled from the body and flushed away somewhere ))...

hmmm... could it work as a submission to Washington Post?
Washington Post "New Word Definitions"

n8man la7 years ago
ADD is where the person wants to be the center of attention, I think. I might be thinking off ADHD (Attention Deficite Hyperactive Disorder) but I think they close to the same thing. I know ADHD is where the person wants to be the center of attention.
reivahn n8man6 years ago
imho, ADD is when a person is having problems paying attention.. He shifts from one interest to another so quickly. ADHD is when a person cant pay attention and is hyperactive at the same time and most of the time his hyperactivity being the reason for his problem in paying attention.. =)

but i have "ADOS" attention deficit.. ooh shiny.. i love shiny objects.. LOL
No, it was a joke, ADD is where your attention doesn't stay on the same thing very well, I know, I usually do not want to be the center of attention, you are interpreting the words wrong
So I guess I was thinking of ADHD. I did get the joke though, I just felt like telling you guys that because I was bored.
ADHD is not like that either, ADHD is the same thing but the person also has a hyperactivity problem
n8man n8man7 years ago
I looked it up and I am right about them being close to the same thing and I gave a simplified definion.
fwjs28 la7 years ago
lol that would be so embarrising
I thought it was phrased as an "ordure" , and a description of the results.
JellyWoo7 years ago
how do you wash this?
Neodudeman8 years ago
I just realized: How do you wash it?
la (author)  Neodudeman8 years ago


OR take battery out, wash, dry, put battery back in.water doesnt hurt electronics if theres no power to it. (with the small exception of if it contains a capacitor)
but the thing is, the electroluminescent wire is very delicate. That's why she never bent it and only twisted, because the wire would break.
oooooo ok. but as far as electronics being sensetive to water, its mainly a myth; they are only damaged if they can rust or if the device has power to it.(and even with power to it, it has a chance of surviving)
Except sea water, right?
theres about as much danger of it ruining a gun. the only thing it can do it rust it and the salt can degrade it. the reason people panic is because theres a common myth that people think is law: water always ruins electronics. this is not always true. however, there is quite the risk of it ruining something that has power to it.
yah a common part of rc car motor break-in involves rnning it while it is submerged in water
thats a good test. most people think water ruins everything lol. really, most things we deem as "sensitive" wont be harmed by water at all.
Actually, Its minerals in the water that causes the problems. Even minute amounts can cause a short circuit. If you get it wet, make sure that its comletely dry, Ur best option would be to put the power supply on a connector so u can disconnect it. But keep in mind, soap can be Conductive, so can fabric softener. Its better to heed her advice and Spot clean, and not machine wash this apparatus.
Neodudeman la8 years ago
Cool Cool, ty ty.
Jeff Carr8 years ago
This is amazing! I'm building a couple of outfits from ideas you inspired with this. Just one question though. What diameter el wire did you use? I'm about to order, and I'm hoping that I'll be able to get away with 2.3 mm so I can use a buttoneer for attaching it to my outfit, as I'm not very skilled at sewing yet. (hopefully it will hold up to 40+ hours of dancing...)
la (author)  Jeff Carr8 years ago
This dress uses the standard gauge 2.3mm wire. I've noticed that the thicker wire is less flexible, so this gauge is good for something that is designed to move around. I think the buttoneer should work fine - (just be careful and remember that the wire shouldn't be bent at sharp angles) - let me know how it goes!
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