[Cyborg] tron jacket tips?

Eric Boyd mrericboyd at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 19 18:35:20 UTC 2013

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?


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>> 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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