Floppy Disk Bag Retrofit: EL Wire

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Introduction: Floppy Disk Bag Retrofit: EL Wire

Since many of my classes this term will be at night and after seeing how cheap EL wire is, I decided to add some to my bag, since many of my classes this term will be at night. This will also increase visibility when using it as a bike bag.
What You Will Need:
EL Wire: To illuminate the edges of the standard matrix you will need 10' of 2.2mm wire
DC-AC Inverter: the EL wire I ordered came with an 3V (2AA battery) inverter but you can build
your own using the wonderfully written instructable How to Add EL Wire to a Coat or Other Garment
Screws: see the third step for more info.

Step 1: Thread the EL Wire

The EL wire fits snugly under the knots around the outside corners, I went around the edges, to illuminate the general shape; However you can easily thread it however you want or create your own designs.

Step 2: Attaching the Inverter.

Because I am using the included inverter, I am going to attach it to the bag using its own assembly screw. Since the screw is too short, I bought a few of different lengths to try out, I also bought a washer to prevent the screw punching through the disk when pulled.
If you are building your own inverter, then you can attach it using nuts and bolts, duct tape or any other method, including this one. I'm sure you can figure it out, you're smart people.

Step 3: Drill

Drill a hole slightly smaller than the diameter of the screw

Step 4: Unscrew

Remove the existing screw from the Inverter housing.

Step 5: Rescrew

Using the new, slightly longer screw attach the inverter to the inside of your bag (don't forget the washer) The too-long-cord problem can easily be remedied with a simple chain stitch or complicated soldering.

Step 6: Show Me

Show me what you guys come up with!

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    18 Discussions

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    MaruaderFox
    MaruaderFox

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Which ebay seller do i buy the wire and inverter from???

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    imanalchemist
    imanalchemist

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    It came with the wire from that particular seller (eBay) but it is really no great shakes to build your own

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    imanalchemist
    imanalchemist

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    That depends on the length and diameter of the EL wire you are using. Contact whomever is selling the EL wire. (I had a hard time finding a 3V DC-AC inverter so I just got the one the seller offered.)

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    =SMART=
    =SMART=

    12 years ago on Introduction

    Where can i get relatively cheap EL wire ??

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    imanalchemist
    imanalchemist

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    $25 for 10' of 2.2mm wire and an inverter on eBay (including shipping)

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    =SMART=
    =SMART=

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    awesome i can think of loads of cool projects to do !

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    noahh
    noahh

    12 years ago on Introduction

    I wish this had come out earlier. I JUST finished my bag last weekend after a week of hard work.

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    jongscx
    jongscx

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    that's the beauty of it... the EL wire just slips between the strings... it's a "RetroFit"...

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    jongscx
    jongscx

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    not exactly. You're not Retrofitting the disks into a bag. You're Repurposing them because you are creating a new purpose for the items. You are However, Retrofitting the EL wire into the disk-bag because you're fitting a component into a pre-existing object.

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    aliceownsj00
    aliceownsj00

    12 years ago on Introduction

    That is so cute haha in that geeky way. I'd so use it on a daily basis!