If you want to practice using EL Wire and electronics in costumes, building Daft Punk outfits with helmets is a great way to go. Instructables user derektroywest and his girlfriend Kylie tackled the costumes for a themed birthday party. They added EL Wire to jeans, jackets, and two black helmets. Though the process seems time consuming, I wouldn’t rate it as difficult. Here’s how they attached the EL Wire to the helmets:
I stuck the battery pack onto the back of the helmet using some simple matt black electricity tape. It held just fine and lasted all night. I then cut a couple of small holes in the base at the back of the helmet and threaded the start of the El Wire from the inverted, through the holes, and then back out again, just to anchor it in place.
I then used sticky tape to temporarily hold the wire in place and copied the Daft Punk pattern on their helmets as best as I could. I used a little black masking tape in places to hide the fact that the entire pattern was one long piece of wire.
After the pattern was in place my Sister then kindly glued the wire onto the helmet with quick-setting superglue. It held really well and is pretty much stuck on permanently as far as I can tell.
The EL Wire on the helmet can then be switched on/off just by tapping the button on the inverter at the back of the helmet.
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