Introduction: EL Wire Lighting Up to Sound

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For this instructables project, I thought I would take an audio sensor, EL Wire and a jacket and have the EL wire form an (A) for Alabama. The goal for the project: I want the EL wire to light up when someone made noises.

Below is a video of a demonstration of the EL wire A blinking when I make sound.



Step 1: ELwired Jacket

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EL wire starter 
Relay
Arduino
Audio sound sensor
Jacket
Heat-n-Bond
Liquid Stitch Glue
Pure Color ribbin (black)
Inverter
8x AA battery 
Velcro
Fabric
Needle
Thread

Step 2: Step 1: Sowing Arduino and Audio Sound Sensor to Jacket

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First, I cut a hole down one side of jacket (AKA inside) and I sewed the sound sensor to the collar of the jacket with needle and thread. Then I did the same with the arduino, but I put it inside the hole I made.

Step 3: Step 2: Make Templates With the Fabric

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 I do recommend you drawing and cutting out templates on paper before cut the fabric

First I made templates out of paper and put the templates on the fabric. I cut the fabric into each of the paper shape templates… 


Step 4: Step Three: Ironing on the Cut Fabric With Heat-n-Bond

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I took the Heat-n-Bond Hem tape and placed pieces on the jacket were I was going to put the fabric. Once I laid the fabric over the Heat-n-Bond, I took my iron and placed it on top of the fabric. I let the iron set for 20 seconds. (count 1,2,3…20) For where the buttons are, I split the fabric down the middle. Once I put down the Heat-n-Bond and fabric, I wouldn’t cover the buttons.

Step 5: Step 4: Adding Black Ribbon to Jacket

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I added black ribbon on the ends of the fabric pieces on the jacket for looks and to protect the ends of the fabric from ripping/tearing ex. I recommending you gluing and lying down the ribbon a little bit at a time and let the glue dry for 30 minutes or so before continuing with gluing and lying ribbon down.

Step 6: Step 5: Hook Up the Components. Inverter, Relay, and Battery

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I bought an inverter and a 8x AA battery holder. I connected each piece accordingly. Look at the drawing, this shows how I connected everything. 

Step 7: Last Step: Sowing on the EL Wire to Jacket

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So I finally get to sew on the el wire, and this was frustrating process. My first attempt, I sewed only certain areas to hold the shape in place. What I came across was that the wire was moving out of its shape. (I unpinned areas before I sewed) For instance, like the thread wasn't tight enough. Man was this giving me problems… I ended up not liking how it turned out. I unstitched it and moved the wire some to change the look. Man was that a mistake. So I repined the whole thing. By this time, the shape is completely out-of-wack. So, I ended up leaving the A wacky. 

I guess the lesson learned is if you pin the wire to jacket or something, don't unpin anything until you are done sowing. That was the biggest thing I should've not done. I had unpinned an area I was going to sew and that's how the wire got out-of-wack…. When I was moving the jacket back and forth, the wire was bending and moving….  PIN AND DON'T REMOVE PIN UNTIL YOU ARE DONE SEWING.

Comments

imbm24 (author)2013-05-14

I will answer this for the author.
If you have not tried EL Wire you should, it is a great product. The wire does show in daylight but it is not very bright. In the dark it is very bright. If you have seen the people on Americas got Talent that had the suits with the lights or people who have made Tron costumes then you have seen EL Wire. It does not get hot and it can be touched with no danger. Standard EL wire should not get too wet but there is some that is made to be able to get wet. There are quite a few places to purchase but I do like this company the best. http://www.elwirepros.com

imbm24 (author)2013-04-21

Nice project and it has given me some ideas of future projects for myself.

I do want to point out one very small thing. The correct spelling is SEW not SOW. Check the definitions to learn the difference.

kh12 (author)imbm242013-05-14

Thanks for the heads up. I changed the spelling.

meowsugar (author)2013-02-25

Great tips. Thanks for sharing. Do these lights show up in daylight?

kidNeutrino (author)2012-12-14

well done!

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