[Cyborg] tron jacket tips?

Eric Boyd mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 19 19:27:32 UTC 2013

Wow, interesting!  I agree the lighting effect is super amazing.  It 
does still look like a shirt instead of a leather jacket though, which 
isn't great.  I wonder if there would be a way to combine your lighting 
style with a real leather jacket... maybe you could cut panels out of 
the jacket, and put in some white fabric, and mount the LED strips 
inside the liner or something... I guess that would probably pretty 
badly compromise the jacket though.  I'll think about it more, it does 
seem like there should be a way to get the diffused LED lighting but 
start with something more than a shirt...

The bendy problem does worry me, I'm thinking maybe I'll end at the 
elbows, or at least see how that looks before I continue on down the 
arm.  The shoulders I basically think I won't have lights going from 
torso to the arms - just over the shoulder, or starting at the 
shoulder.  So hopefully that will minimize the problem there.


On 4/19/13 1:43 PM, Sean Cusack wrote:
> I learned that there is a better way to do it than EL stuffs :-). 
> Check out my instructable (it uses LEDs diffusing in a narrow space), 
> and I swear I talk a lot about attaching them:
> http://www.instructables.com/id/LED-lit-Tron-v20-suit/
> That being said, if you really want to go after EL wire / panels the 
> best thing I can tell you is *bendy is bad*, so mod your patterns to 
> dodge your shoulders, elbows, knees, and waist. If you have to cross 
> these areas, do it with dark wires or widely space your stitches so 
> the panels/wire can come off the garment when you move. It will 
> increase the longevity of your outfit I promise.
> Hope that helps!
> Sean
> On Apr 19, 2013 8:16 AM, "Eric Boyd" <mrericboyd at yahoo.com 
> <mailto:mrericboyd at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>     Hey, I want to make a tron jacket, for an upcoming party.  I have
>     a tight fitting leather jacket (which ironically is actually a
>     prop jacket from the remake of Robocop - got it at a recent
>     inventory sale!), which has approximately the right shape and fit.
>      It's got epaulettes (which typically tron jackets don't), but it
>     has the right collar, and the front pockets are not in the way of
>     a good tron pattern.
>     I'm looking for tips on how to actually make the jacket.  I'm
>     planning to use EL-strip, and potentially some EL-wire as well.  I
>     can see lots of images of Tron jackets on google image search, so
>     the pattern is no problem, I'm looking for advice on how to attach
>     the strip and wire to the jacket without destroying the jacket, or
>     taking forever.  I found some tutorials online but you just know
>     they didn't include the most important tip!  So, advice solicited,
>     I know many of you have worked with EL wire and potentially EL
>     panel clothing, what did you learn?
>     Eric
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