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Rainbow EL wire Belt

I really wanted a "light up belt" to go with my disco ball mirror pants. I searched the world wide web, but found nothing like what I had pictured in my mind, and since I couldn't possibly live without, I made one. The heart of the thing is a purchased five channel EL wire controller and five EL wires. I chose red, yellow, orange, green, & purple; but you could do all red and make an awesome traffic cop safety belt! This REALLY gets people's attention! The controller has an on/off switch and a small button that allows you to scroll thru the many different flash patterns.
 
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Step 1: EL wire and controller

Ah, but here's the rub, an initial cash outlay. It ain't cheap to be this cool. A five wire controller, with five wires, all wired up, ready to go, will set you back the better part of a hundred dollar bill. The controller has an on/off switch and a small button that allows you to scroll thru the many different flash patterns. You can get a two or three or four or even a one channel setup if you want to save cash, but I wanted five channels to make a rainbow. Lots of places sell these. Measure your waist and add 6 to 8 inches to that measurement. You want to be sure that the wires will go completely around your body AND THEN SOME. (extra is fine) The in stock measurement was 48", which was perfect for me, but you can order the wires any length you want. I also saw on the web "how to wire" these units, and I think if a person had the inclination, it might be easy enough to wire up, and tons cheaper, however, I only solder in an emergency, so I ordered mine ready to go. Once it arrived, I put batteries in it to make sure it worked. Boy Howdy! When ON this EL wire stuff is impressive even hanging loose. Wow!
solemnraven2 years ago
Who was your supplier for the wires and controller?
dreamberry (author)  solemnraven2 years ago
Thank you.
vishalapr3 years ago
I never knew what EL wire was before!But with seeing this ible I immidietely went to ebay and bought some!!!
Thanks for sharing such an awsome instructable!
Have a look at my ibles as well and if u liked em vote for em!
I am following you and awaiting for more cool ibles from you!
dreamberry (author)  vishalapr3 years ago
Thanks so much for the comment! I thought this was the coolest thing I ever assembled, and that people would go nuts over it, but you are the first person who said they liked it, other than EVERYONE who sees it in person. I guess the pics don't do it justice, especially when it's pattern flashing. Thanks again for the encouragement!
Yr welcome!
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