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You've seen it at Burning Man, Pyrotopia and even on Katy Perry: Colorful wire that glows like neon. Now learn how to create your own art illuminated with electroluminescent wire (EL-wire). This 4-hour workshop will teach you everything you need to know to get started, including:
-- How EL-wire works
-- How to solder the wire and assemble controllers
-- Using EL-wire in clothing, signage and other projects
-- Safety and design considerations
Each student will receive a starter kit with 2 meters of wire, an EL-wire controller, batteries and additional components. Additional lengths of EL-wire in a variety of colors will be available for purchase at the class.
You don't need to know anything about circuits or wiring, however basic soldering experience is required. We will provide soldering irons and other tools. Also, please bring reading glasses if you wear them since we will be joining wires the width of a human hair.
Cost is $55 per person and includes all materials. Seating is limited to 8 people per session. (There are two session, one on July 14 and this one; they are the same class, you only need to attend one.)
This class is open to the general public, no shop membership required. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Video of an EL-wire dress created by the class instructors (Drue Miller and Jet Townsend):
And, Katy Perry with an EL wire peacock costume:
When & Where
HackPittsburgh is a workshop for people who love to tinker and learn. Stop in and see what's going on.