[Cyborg] tron jacket tips?

Rachel McConnell rachel at xtreme.com
Fri Apr 19 17:53:18 UTC 2013

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!


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>> 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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