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A few weeks ago I posted an instructable on making the Tron Legacy Clu helmet. This is my second and final installation on the actual costume part of this project. There are many different ways this costume could be made, but I chose a low cost version that turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. 

You can find my instructable on the Tron Legacy helmet here:

I initially purchased 30' of el wire from with a 9 volt inverter box. This costume turned out to need a lot more wire then I had initially planned and ended up only being able to make the top half of the costume.

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Step 1: Supplies List

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El wire (I had about 29 feet left after the helmet)
Black Jeans
Black long sleeve shirt
Blue painters tape
Fishing wire, preferably thin
Gaff tape
Heat shrink tubing


Sewing needle (need to be able to fit the fishing wire through it)
Wire cutters
Wire Strippers
Soldering Iron
"Helping Hands" (they help a lot when soldering the angle wire)
Wire (I used 20 gauge)

Step 2: Mapping the layout

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This is a key step in the process as you will want to find a way to make your design as efficient as possible when it comes to the loss in length of what will be under the fabric.

My first step was to simply map out the location of the el wire on the shirt.

My second step, only when it came to the left chest side, was to map out the direction of the el wire. I did this by figuring out where exactly I would want each hole to be that let the el wire enter and exit the fabric. And where I would want the el wire under the shirt to be positioned. 

The third step was deciding where to start the el wire and where to end it. I ended up deciding to go with two long pieces, one for each side of the design. Each length of el wire starts and stops at the bottoms of the arms. 
I wanna make a costume out of glow sticks
any ideas

please post ible or pics!!!!!!!!!!!

hot glue the sticks on
nannethe4 years ago
i just saw tron and i love it, i want to make this costume right now!!
nannethe4 years ago
omg i want to do it!!!
Nice. Although I would prefer using el tape and double leather coat... And leather pants. Double leather so it would look as if the tape and wires are actually meld into the leather jacket. (Only the parts close to the lights)

And have some leather thing on your neck. Gloves are very easy to do... Only the index is covered.

Combining el tape and el wire is a very good way to make it really look as if you were an extra from the movie. the el tape being at the minor lights (like the boot parts)

I'm already sketching my design but I'm gonna have to wait till I get my Secondary School results and get into college.... so I can get allowance to buy stuff lol
i swear i will make this costume for Halloween, i think ill need a lot of help, i wanna look just like the girl :D
nannethe4 years ago
i swear i will make this costume for Halloween, i think ill need a lot of help, i wanna look just like the girl :D
turivix4 years ago
reesea17 (author) 4 years ago
Thank you very much!

I would like to make this costume again with thicker wire and a stiffer material such as a wetsuit so be on the look out for an updated instructable.
absolute awesomeness! :))
well done! i was just thinking these days how could I make the tron suit, you made it great.
+1 for the stiffer suit ;)
instruct394 years ago
Nice! this goes great with the helmet. Also great pics, i like the full body one with the guy holding the disc. anyways fist comment and rate!
p.s. i voted for you in the contest.
That's from the movie.
yeah i know, i still like it though, and the costume.
Oh, I didn't know if you realized. The costume did turn out great, though.
reesea17 (author)  mg0930mg4 years ago
Well thank you to the both of you.
gangsan19964 years ago
Hey man this is an awsome costume.but when i make my own, i would use EL tapes. I think EL wires are too thin. EL tapes are also cheap.
reesea17 (author)  gangsan19964 years ago
You're completely correct, in fact I had known about the tapes and wanted to use them before making this project.

I may be doing this again and using the tapes plus a much thicker material for the actual suit. As you stated the tapes are actually what they used for the TRON legacy costumes in the movie. So the results would turn out way way better then they did here.

Thanks for the compliments as well.
albhednomad4 years ago
damn, I really wish I found this ible at the beginning of november so I could've made it in time for the midnight premier. I guess I'll have to settle with my identity disc and glowing heartless insignia on the back of my vest.
Jujitsu-Man4 years ago
Great costume, when I saw the EL wires the first time I thought "they're perfect for a Tron suit", and you did it!

I have a suggestion: Have you tried using a turtle-neck shirt? I think it would improve the result, but not meking it more expensive.

Also, a pair of gloves would be nice too!

I'm voting for you in the contest, good job!