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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby bedlamdoll » Sun Mar 23, 2014 4:35 pm

Cryptofishist, thanks so much-I was just trying to find that chart, actually.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:12 pm

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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby kittyrodriguez » Thu Mar 27, 2014 6:06 pm

theCryptofishist wrote:
And while I'm here, I'll just mention Thistothat.com, a classic gluing resource...


Holy sh*t that's awesome! My life will never be the same.


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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby kiss-o-matic » Thu Mar 27, 2014 7:11 pm

Yep, super awesome. Now to buy the pom poms.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Ratty » Fri Mar 28, 2014 9:38 am

If you're not Ell wire educated, (like me), you can buy ready to use 9 foot lengths at target for $10. Various colors available. 3 AAA batteries required.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby sadie » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:00 am

Hi Ratty,
Maybe your Target has cooler stuff than mine.. :cry: I looked for EL wire a couple of nights ago, and asked some employees - but they didn't know what I was talking about.. What section did you find it in? Was is electronics?? Hardware/flashlights??
I did, however, find some LED light up bracelets in the dollar bins that should work well for attaching to a backpack, or bike basket, or what have you...
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby chuckularone » Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:50 am

If you're not in a rush, this site has lots of variety in EL Wire.
http://www.dx.com/p/decorative-usb-powe ... zW06tJRR8E

The stuff ships directly from China so it can take 4-6 weeks to arrive, but it's usually 3-4.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby lucky420 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 1:37 pm

Sometimes you can find el wire in the big box stores in the automotive dept. People rig out their rides with el wire
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby sadie » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:20 pm

Thank you Chuck and Lucky. I would like to avoid shipping costs where possible, so I will check out the auto departments. I've looked in the bicycle areas, but auto didn't cross my mind... :roll: otherwise, that looks like a good online site to use if all else fails.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby EmilyD » Fri Mar 28, 2014 2:59 pm

I'm wondering if a fleece coat will suck up as much dust as a fake fur one will. Anyone have experience with how they compare?
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby chuckularone » Fri Mar 28, 2014 5:28 pm

sadie wrote:I would like to avoid shipping costs where possible

That Chinese web site offers free shipping on everything. Curiously, they charge a penny for it. I honestly don't have a problem paying a penny for "free" shipping from the other side of the planet! :-)

I've used them for years. Never had a problem with an order.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Ratty » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:00 pm

Sadie, It is in the summer indoor garden stuff. You know, malibu lighting, solar lights a whole wall of solar stakes.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Joeln » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:27 pm

I got it from Amazon for $5 per 10 feet (including shipping) and it got here from China in 9 days.
The battery boxes are of reasonable quality - not pure junk.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby sadie » Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:45 pm

chuckularone wrote:That Chinese web site offers free shipping on everything. Curiously, they charge a penny for it.


A penny!? I could justify paying a penny!

Ratty wrote:Sadie, It is in the summer indoor garden stuff. You know, malibu lighting, solar lights a whole wall of solar stakes.


DOH!! I saw the solar lights out of the corner of my eye and kept walking...will go back and check it out..

Joeln wrote:I got it from Amazon for $5 per 10 feet (including shipping) and it got here from China in 9 days.
The battery boxes are of reasonable quality - not pure junk.


Thanks Joeln - I have some on my Amazon wishlist - waiting for the price to drop in case I can't find them locally.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby FossaFerox » Thu Apr 03, 2014 11:39 am

Just a word of caution on EL wire, bring back ups. Inverters do fail. The ones you get cheap tend to be extremely sensitive with a high break and failure rate. I'm not saying yours will fail, just that having a backup is always a good idea.

Personally the first one I got failed inside of an hour just sitting on my desk at home. The free replacement they sent me failed during the event on Saturday night (It would turn off any time I danced, and after isolating the problem it was inside the inverter, not a wire pull-out problem). In fact the majority of my group had at least one piece fail during the burn.

The people with LEDs had much better results and their failures could be fixed with electrical tape since the lights run on DC and don't require a fancy inverter. Breakage boiled down to a wire pulling free from vigorous motion. Sadly, they don't look as cool in most cases, but having a backup set of fairy lights on something or ready to be added to something in case of emergency just might save you burn.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Ratty » Mon May 05, 2014 7:26 am

Yesterday I saw the cutest leds at the dollar store. 10 lights on a string. run on 2 AA batteries. They come in clear in the shape of various bugs, green leaves and multi colored flowers. Just a buck. Make a great gift.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby tatonka » Sat May 10, 2014 9:01 am

thought of the ladies of burningman when I saw this :)


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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Ratty » Mon May 12, 2014 7:01 pm

Hummmm. I would have to switch to red wines. Hot Chardonnay, Ick. It would be better if it had the option to drink it from nipples.
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Re:

Postby ProfessorChaos » Wed May 14, 2014 6:16 pm

AntiM wrote:Never buy patterns at full price. National chains such as Hancock Fabrics and JoAnns will have sales where you can pick up great patterns for a buck or two.


Joanns is selling all their Simplicity patterns for $0.99 right now. Bought every single one I was ever interested in like $20. I now have years worth of patterns to sew. Get your booty there ASAP.
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Re: Re:

Postby chuckularone » Thu May 15, 2014 6:23 am

ProfessorChaos wrote:Joanns is selling all their Simplicity patterns for $0.99 right now.


Thanks for the heads up! Heading there after work today!
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Re: Re:

Postby Drawingablank » Thu May 15, 2014 7:02 am

ProfessorChaos wrote:
AntiM wrote:Never buy patterns at full price. National chains such as Hancock Fabrics and JoAnns will have sales where you can pick up great patterns for a buck or two.


Joanns is selling all their Simplicity patterns for $0.99 right now. Bought every single one I was ever interested in like $20. I now have years worth of patterns to sew. Get your booty there ASAP.


On any given week JoAnns will often have at least one brand of patterns on sale. You can find out which brand on their web site in the section that has their sale flyers.

Another thing I like to do is go to the pattern manufacturer's web site and make a list of all the pattern numbers I want. Their web sites are a lot easier to find stuff in than the in store books.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Hope-a-Lope » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:25 pm

So I want to make an all-white outfit that glows with color at night. I have long RGB LED tape that didn't work out for a coat, and my idea is to sew it inside a connected corset/tutu so it glows from within. This will also involve a cotton lining on the inside of the corset. Will the LEDs get so hot that it's too uncomfortable to wear? 4-10 hours of nighttime adventuring and dancing. Last year I only used EL wire so this is a new frontier for me.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby theCryptofishist » Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:30 pm

I believe that leds give out only light and little or no heat.
But I'm not sure, so consider this a post that actually adds nothing in the long run, but some hope in the short run.
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Monkeystyle » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:18 pm

tatonka wrote:thought of the ladies of burningman when I saw this :)


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Just what the world needs, girls that get smaller breasts the drunker they get..... :(
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Re: Costume & Crafting Help

Postby Monkeystyle » Fri Jul 25, 2014 9:19 pm

I think the before and after pics are labeled wrong.....
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