Playawear Work In Progress 2014

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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby Gazmatron » Thu Jul 31, 2014 3:48 pm

That's pretty clever! Are those flat lithium cells? I stuck a bunch of LEDs in the bottom of some platform boots last year and the abuse from walking around on them broke all the wiring connections by the end of the week (even though they were fully encased in shoe-goop). Hope that stays working for you, and we that both steer clear of the lithium horror stories I hear. :lol:


Yep, they're lipos. I was initially concerned about (and prepared for) the cells being damaged, but the boots stayed rigid enough for it not to be a problem. They had a lot of wear on the Playa last year were fine. I did have a small issue with one of the packs expanding a bit. This year I'm going to take one cell out of each 'boot pack' to reduce weight and add some wiggle room.

You're right, lipo's need to be treated with respect to avoid horror stories... especially when charging in the heat of the day. Like anything though, it's safe if you do it right ;-)

Great coat pics by the way!
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby FossaFerox » Sun Aug 03, 2014 5:07 pm

Learned how to machine sew so I could make my own vest this year (and do it right do it doesn't fall apart). Almost done!

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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby trilobyte » Mon Aug 04, 2014 7:16 pm

I'm finally getting a chance to share a few pics of a recent project my gf has been tinkering with. Taking the Eridu Society 'cog-wing' insignia and adapting it to work as decor on a top-hat. After adapting the art to fit the curve of her hat and accommodating the electronics, she 3D printed it using a glow in the dark material. The LED's in the electronics don't emit any UV light (they're just RGB), but the printed piece picks up a decent glow from either daylight or UV in the area - it's a cool effect (as I hope you can tell from the pics below). One of our campmates is highly skilled in the ways of the arduino, and wrote her a custom program that's got a nice, somewhat organic and rhythmic pattern. Here are the pics...

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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby AfricanFire » Sat Aug 09, 2014 5:58 pm

Made a couple of tube tops (took me about 1 hour)

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Made a couple of shiny skirts (took me about 2 hours):

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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby McStrangle » Sat Aug 09, 2014 9:55 pm

I cant sew to save my life, but Ive been tarting up some old jeans
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And an old vest
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:39 am

Very cool, both of you! I think you should swap - that vest with that shiny skirt, for example :)
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby smilemore » Sun Aug 10, 2014 10:26 am

Love those jeans! Very cool.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby melodiousdirge » Mon Aug 11, 2014 8:43 am

Really dig those jeans - what a great idear!

I finished sewing the velcro into the liner of my playa coat to hold the lights. I still haven't figured out how I'm going to hold the hook side of the velcro to the light strips, but I have some ideas in the works:

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The coat itself is about 90% finished:

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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby Loren Ipsvm » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:29 pm

Very cool to see everyone's projects here. For people working with EL wire- will hot glue hold it to plastic? I am 3d printing some parts out of PLA and the EL wire snaps into place pretty well- I was wondering if I could secure the ends of the wire with hot glue to keep it from popping off.

Anyone have experience with gluing EL wire?
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby melodiousdirge » Mon Aug 11, 2014 1:44 pm

Loren Ipsvm wrote:Very cool to see everyone's projects here. For people working with EL wire- will hot glue hold it to plastic? I am 3d printing some parts out of PLA and the EL wire snaps into place pretty well- I was wondering if I could secure the ends of the wire with hot glue to keep it from popping off.

Anyone have experience with gluing EL wire?


If you embed the EL wire in a blob of hot glue it will stick for sure, so I mean having hot glue blob big enough that when you stick the EL wire in it, the blob closes back over the top of the wire. This means even if the hot glue stops sticking to the EL wire, it still won't go anywhere. As to whether the hot glue will stick to your substrate, you'll have to experiment. One thing for sure though is that hot glue sticks much, much better if you have a good hot glue gun so the glue is nice and skin-destroying hot when it comes out. Good luck and be careful!
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby Loren Ipsvm » Mon Aug 11, 2014 3:38 pm

@melodiousdirge

Thank you for the reply and advice- I will seek out a good gun and post my results here!
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby Loren Ipsvm » Mon Aug 11, 2014 10:22 pm

Here is a test with EL wire and a 3D printed substrate- going to try sewing it on to something to see if it is flexible enough
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby smiffman » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:31 am

McStrangle your jeans are sickkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby trilobyte » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:52 am

Loren, it's probably too late for this year's projects, but in future you can look for something called "tail wire" - that particular EL wire has a thin plastic tail on the casing. Since the tail is just plastic, you can sew right through it to attach to fabric. Here's a close-up shot of the stuff....

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Great work on the pants, McStrangle!

I just picked up a couple strings of angel tears from Benny's place. Super thin wire, super tiny LED's spaced every 4 inches apart. I'm going to work them into tophats to help with my night-time visibility to others.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Wed Aug 13, 2014 11:50 am

trilobyte wrote:... "tail wire" ...


I've never heard of this! From my research I'd concluded that sewing EL wire was probably too much of a pain to be worthwhile to me, but now I actually might try my hand at it. For next year, of course.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby Loren Ipsvm » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:11 pm

Looks like the hot glue will work- I also 3d printed clips that will be glued on as backup too.

Awesome tip on the tail wire - I'll try that next year
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby thirt33n » Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:31 pm

...don't usually bring any "costumes". Usually wear the same thing all days and another thing all nights but,....a little cardboard, and duct tape turns me into a temporary star spangled superhero villain.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:11 pm

thirt33n wrote:....a little cardboard, and duct tape turns me into a temporary star spangled superhero villain....

All superheroes and villains are asked to kindly report to the Lamplighters' lounge at 5:00 on the circle around Center Camp on Thursday from 10pm until late for the superhero party. Hope to see you there - those stars will move you to the front of the line!
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby thirt33n » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:26 pm

^ oh, a party? ...i guess that sounds ok..... :roll:

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I will plan to attend!! Thanks for the invite.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby Savannah » Thu Aug 14, 2014 12:32 am

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That coat is beeeeeeeeeeautiful. :shock:

thirt33n wrote:...don't usually bring any "costumes". Usually wear the same thing all days and another thing all nights but,....a little cardboard, and duct tape turns me into a temporary star spangled superhero villain.
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This, too. :D
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby ShreddinPB » Thu Aug 14, 2014 4:00 pm

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ShreddinPB wrote:Nice work! What are you powering with that bad boy?
What is the readout? V or Ah remaining?


Thanks! The readout is voltage right now (10.8-16.4 volts). It's just a rough indication of remaining life - I'll have to print a little label out that cross references remaining life with the readout... I'm too lazy/don't have time to rig the display up to directly read % life. The output will always be 12.0V thanks to a little boost/buck power supply in the control box, so I can power voltage sensitive things with it as well. The intent was to power any and all light up goodness with the belt, but I have yet to finish any of the light up goodness projects! I think the main current draw is going to be about 300 watts worth of RGB LED strips sewn into my coat (which I have not yet started, eek!).


Very nice.. my coat project is getting hosed right now, work decided to send me to austin M-W next week lol
so much for putting the lights in it
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby tatonka » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:34 am

took this leather coat I got from goodwill for 14.99 and Im in process turning it into o Band coat w/western style.
Used shami cloth for the cuffs and tail. Havnt sewn tail on yet. Its color did not match coat so I had to dye it in a pot of coffee.
Once it dries Ill attach it


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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby BoyScoutGirl » Sun Aug 17, 2014 11:52 am

Tatonka, that looks great! I like dying with coffee idea - cheap and it smells nice.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby AfricanFire » Sun Aug 17, 2014 3:16 pm

Tea is a great dye too :)
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby sadie » Sun Aug 17, 2014 6:41 pm

Tatonka! That's so cool.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby tatonka » Sun Aug 17, 2014 7:41 pm

Thanks BoyScoutGirl and sadie :)
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby atomosk » Sun Aug 17, 2014 10:21 pm

If anyone is looking for authentic Central Asian clothing, there's a store in Virginia City called Kashmiri American Enterprises that sells traditional clothing imported from Kashmir. Really nomadic looking stuff. It's worth checking out weather you live in the area or are just passing through Reno on the way to the playa. If you're into the whole supporting small, local businesses thing.
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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby melodiousdirge » Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:27 am

Haha, it works haha!

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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby melodiousdirge » Mon Aug 18, 2014 10:28 am

Oh I also finished the mini makeover on my infamous boots.

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Re: Playawear Work In Progress 2014

Postby spacetime » Mon Aug 18, 2014 11:49 am

Spent the weekend at home in Portland and got to work with my mom on playa wear.

This is my first year but we are have worked together on costumes a lot in the past so we had a shot at making some stuff that might be fun out there.

In total we did

- fuzzy boot covers (sorta masculine? Maybe if they don't work I can gift em)
- Some embellishment to a grey vest I got from the bins
- A tu-tu! (Yay!)
- a loin cloth. I'm not sure why but I thought this might come in handy!

And the centerpiece:
- a digital Aztec hooded cloak with some cool bead work.

Here's the cloak:

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