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Help with lighted costume/prop accents
Mr & Mrs Cecil
fitchwitch wrote in wickedfaire
Hi all,

I just went to the Wicked Fair last weekend.  I saw several people dressed in Steampunk costumes that had lighted accents.  They were thin lighted tubing that was usually blue, and had to be battery operated, since they were walking around freely.  I'm in the process of trying to create an extension for a scooter chair that will mimic the H.G. Wells time machine.  And I thought that running some kind of glowing tubing around the edge of the dish on the back would be really awesome.  But I don't know where to find any--I'm not even sure exactly what term to use when searching online for a source. 

Can someone give me a hand with suppliers, or what term to use to find this stuff?  It can be thin or even stuff that is up to 1/2" wide, and I'll need several yards of it to accent the extension.

Thanks so much for the help!

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It's called 'electroluminescent wire'.

Here's a primer to get you started:

You type faster than I do :-}

What you want is called electroluminescent wire. It comes in a lot of different colors, and it's great fun to work with. Here is some basic information about it, from a company that sells it. (You may also be able to get it in kit form at some auto-supply places, because it's often used for "customizing" show cars.) extension for a scooter chair that will mimic the H.G. Wells time machine.

Love it.

I'm MayFaire Moon, and several of the corsets I made for my fashion show this weekend had EL wire planned. (We just ran out of time for a couple.) I have several suppliers now, both for EL wire (the narrow, round stuff) and EL tape (the wider flat stuff). Also panels, if that's of interest. Do you have specific colors you need?

Okay, here are some of the folks I used: (For pretty much anything relating to insanely cool gadgetry)

I hope that helps, but if you have any more questions, you can hit me up here or at info(at) If I can't figure it out, I'll ask my engineer. She's awesome with all this.

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