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I want to make an EL wire shirt for next years junior high dances. any one got any suggestions? Answered

I could use good price,  tips, where to get it, what inverter, and other stuff.  I have never used EL wire before, but I want to do an awesome T-shirt!

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icengBest Answer (author)2011-05-16

Step one this site is the premium EL buy site.
Then if you are wiring gifted. Does the pic scare you ?
I can show you how to switch different EL wires in sequence
based on the counter.
or do you want to use a uP.
You need a fabric stronger then a T shirt to support EL wire
There are some fine ibles to read up on too !

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furrysalamander (author)iceng2011-05-16

I am good with soldering, but circuit diagrams, no can do. I try, but they are difficult for me to understand. I have to say I have improved from not knowing how a circuit board even worked to designing my own from time to time. I have looked at the ibles, but I was hoping to talk to someone so I could ask my questions directly. That would be awesome if you could explain that pic above!

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iceng (author)2011-05-17
Starting simple circuit reading 101.

Use this as your course book first two black lines pages.
This PDF points out the way to wire a breadboard.

The main points you must understand are ;
  • The IC (Integrated Circuit pic#1) is numbered by the pins (pic#2).
  • But for convenience and ease of comprehension of the 555 circuit block 
  • The pin numbers are not placed sequentially (pic#3).
  • The next things you must get familiar with are the short hand graphical representations of a Ground symbol the three lined one attached to pin_1of pic#3,
  • The Resistor symbol of R1,R2
  • The Capacitor symbol of C1 with polarity.
Is this what you wanted ??

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iceng (author)furrysalamander2011-05-25

All three are !
The point was the physical Integrated Circuit can be viewed differently
in electronics diagrams.

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furrysalamander (author)iceng2011-05-25

Thanks for your help! I am just waiting to get fifteen bucks. I have no source of income so it may be awhile.

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iceng (author)furrysalamander2011-05-25

Make something for a blabby ( talker type ) not necessarily your girl and
you may get guys with $$ paying you to something for their girls.
Charge 5 times your cost.
I made cleavage LED enhancers :-)

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furrysalamander (author)iceng2011-05-27

luckily the school year just ended and today is the first day of the summer with no school so I have plenty of time to get the money. This kind of stuff once I get going should be pretty awesome for all kinds of stuff, then I can do custom orders. I think before this I need to get some more parts for my scooter (I got it for free because the wheels were in bad condition and so were the grips, but hey, once I get it fixed it will be a really nice micro scooter). When I finish I will send you a message with a pic of the finished product.

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furrysalamander (author)iceng2011-05-18

this looks great! I think I get it now, a little bit. I still need to think about it but I should be able to do it with this info. So I don't need el wire in bulk, plus I need an inverter. Could you tell me if this is a good deal: http://tinyurl.com/glowire ?

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iceng (author)furrysalamander2011-05-23

As a rule amazon.com is a bit higher priced unless it includes the inverter.

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furrysalamander (author)iceng2011-05-25

This one has an included inverter. Would you say this is good enough and enough for a shirt?

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