This method for light up wings uses a simple circuit of LEDs and a battery to achieve a look a similar to EL wire, but thinner and almost invisible when not lit up. The lighting isn't as even as EL wire because it uses a single light source instead of glowing along its length, but it was an interesting and fun experiment.
It would be pretty easy to advance the project by hooking the LEDs up to a LilyPad to create blinking or fading light effects as well.
Step 1: Materials
* Fairy wings (store bought or handmade), with any decoration removed from the middle/center of the wing frame
* Sparkle Fiber Optic Cable - a specialty fiber optic that lights up along the length of the cable, choose the kind with 6 strands. The amount will depend on how large your wings are: in this example I used ~4 ft.
* Sewable Coin Cell Battery Holder
* 3V CR2032 Coin Cell Battery
* (2) 5mm or 3mm LEDs - super brights work best for a dramatic effect
* Conductive Thread
* Needle and Cotton Thread
* Hot Glue Gun & Glue
* Electrical Tape
* Masking Tape (optional)
Step 2: Plan your design
When you’ve finalized your design, cut your fiber optic cable to size using the outline as a guide. Inside the cable there are 6 strands of fiber optic, so the pieces I cut will have enough fiber to cover the design on both halves of the wings.