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11 Jan 2014 - 14:15110313
Light up energy swords
I'm making an Aerrow cosplay for May Expo, and I'm in a bit of a pickle with his swords.


http://youtu.be/xRDs3-MhMYY (a full turn around of the sword)

Aerrow wields a pair of crystal powered daggers that flair up with blue energy when activated. I want to make something similar to what the official toy designs were, with the energy lighting up around the outside edge.
See here:
http://thetoydetectives.com/content/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/storm-hawks-aerrows-energy-sword.jpg

This way, I can keep whatever circuitry inside the blade out of view. I really need help with how to go about the LED work (any good guides, or suppliers? Heck, I'd sabotage torches if I have to XD), and what to make the energy out of (do I cast it, or shape plastic etc?). Any help would be really appreciated~


11 Jan 2014 - 14:45110314
I don't any experience working with it, but I've seen a number of cosplayers using El Wire for light-up props.


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11 Jan 2014 - 16:45110322
I used EL wire in my most recent costume and can confirm that it is very easy to use. You can buy various EL wire kits on Ebay that come with all of the parts you need – the inverter (basically a battery pack), the splitter cables and the EL wire itself. I bought mine from a seller called EL Wire Craft and they supply the components with connectors that mean you can just clip the parts together (no soldering required). There are different colours and thickness available and I expect you will need the thin type so that you can easily bend it around the shape of the energy blades.


14 Jan 2014 - 23:14110457
Quote ArcaneArchery:
I used EL wire in my most recent costume and can confirm that it is very easy to use. You can buy various EL wire kits on Ebay that come with all of the parts you need – the inverter (basically a battery pack), the splitter cables and the EL wire itself. I bought mine from a seller called EL Wire Craft and they supply the components with connectors that mean you can just clip the parts together (no soldering required). There are different colours and thickness available and I expect you will need the thin type so that you can easily bend it around the shape of the energy blades.


Thank you! I've had a look at that site and it seems like it could work, but I'm a little worried about the brightness of the wire? I've seen it used before and I'm not too sure if it'll be bright enough for these blades. That being said, I still may go with it XD I'm just looking for as many ideas as possible before I settle for something.


15 Jan 2014 - 09:41110464
Can you put this El Wire in resin?
I am planning something similar so thanks for this thread guys!!


15 Jan 2014 - 09:41110465
Can you put this El Wire in resin?
I am planning something similar so thanks for this thread guys!!


15 Jan 2014 - 21:01110487
Quote RSpanner:
Quote ArcaneArchery:
I used EL wire in my most recent costume and can confirm that it is very easy to use. You can buy various EL wire kits on Ebay that come with all of the parts you need – the inverter (basically a battery pack), the splitter cables and the EL wire itself. I bought mine from a seller called EL Wire Craft and they supply the components with connectors that mean you can just clip the parts together (no soldering required). There are different colours and thickness available and I expect you will need the thin type so that you can easily bend it around the shape of the energy blades.


Thank you! I've had a look at that site and it seems like it could work, but I'm a little worried about the brightness of the wire? I've seen it used before and I'm not too sure if it'll be bright enough for these blades. That being said, I still may go with it XD I'm just looking for as many ideas as possible before I settle for something.


EL wire should be bright enough as it looks like you need a pale blue for your costume and this is the natural colour of EL wire. It’s the colours like reds and oranges that tend to be duller because they require thicker colour coatings around the wires in order to get the correct hue.


15 Jan 2014 - 21:02110488
Quote Afireinsidegirl:
Can you put this El Wire in resin?
I am planning something similar so thanks for this thread guys!!


I’ve not used resin for any of my costumes yet so I can’t provide any advice in this area. You could try contacting EL wire craft at as they seem very helpful – they sent me an email full of advice when I ordered my wire last year (it didn’t mention resins though).


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