[Cyborg] tron jacket tips?

Eric Boyd mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 21 20:15:35 UTC 2013


Hmmm, maybe.  It wouldn't look the same as the real Tron costumes, of 
course, but if it's flexible, it might work better than anything I've 
got now.  I wish the venue for my costume used black lights, that would 
make this whole thing a lot easier!

I found this interesting hack as well:
http://www.coolest-homemade-costumes.com/coolest-homemade-tron-legacy-costume.html

He used reflective safety tape.  Must have taken forever to cut it so 
precisely!  But the overall effect is pretty awesome, really, at least 
at the distance of the photos.  I suspect it doesn't look quite a cool 
once you're close to it, I tried a little experiment with some shiny 
tape, and it crinkles pretty badly when the leather moves, so up close 
it looks pretty strange.  My leather jacket fits well, but not well 
enough to avoid crinkling at the chest/shoulder area.

Eric



On 4/19/13 3:23 PM, meredith scheff wrote:
> I've still got a bunch of that fiber optic fabric, I wonder if that 
> would work, in narrow strips?
>
>
> On Fri, Apr 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM, Rachel McConnell <rachel at xtreme.com 
> <mailto:rachel at xtreme.com>> wrote:
>
>     No, but it will make the sewing a lot easier. With a regular
>     needle you have to punch through each stitch; the sides of the
>     resulting hole are tight and you must strain to get the needle
>     through. A leather needle makes a tiny cut so there is room for
>     the needle and its easier on your hands.
>
>     -Rachel
>
>     On Apr 19, 2013, at 11:35, Eric Boyd <mrericboyd at yahoo.com
>     <mailto:mrericboyd at yahoo.com>> wrote:
>
>     > Yeah, I can't think of any adhesive like that either.  Whether I
>     take off the lighting later I think depends a lot on how much it
>     impacts the wearability of the jacket.  I am imagining that the
>     jacket will still be pretty usable even with all the lighting on
>     it, but maybe I'm wrong?  That might actually be an argument for
>     using only EL-wire, since it'll have less visual impact when the
>     lighting is off.
>     >
>     > I saw in a tutorial a recommendation for 'leather needle', which
>     apparently has a more piercing tip.  Would that make the damage less?
>     >
>     > Eric
>     >
>     >
>     >
>     > On 4/19/13 1:53 PM, Rachel McConnell wrote:
>     >> If you want to take the lighting off again and use the jacket
>     as is, be very careful with stitching.  Don't make too many holes.
>     Leather doesn't 'heal', and a hole is forever a weak spot.  I'd
>     suggest a temporary adhesive instead, but I don't know of any that
>     would both keep lights of any sort actually on, and come off again
>     without damaging the leather surface.
>     >>
>     >> Also, send pix when you're done!
>     >>
>     >> Rachel
>     >>
>     >> On 4/19/13 10:43 AM, 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>
>     >>> <mailto: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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