EL Pinwheel

Monday, 29 April 2013

Overview
The EL Pinwheel was a CUBICAL90 digital art project at Artisan's Asylum by Scott Janousek.

The project was inspired by Ecco Pierce who does metal sculpture and EL.

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Construction
The EL Pinwheel was created in the span of a few hours, in intervals, over the span of a week.

Originally the wire was a hanging basket painted black (sorry, no pic available), which I got from the CRUFT shelf, and then flattened and spot welded the ends to form the "petals".

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I measured out the EL to cover each of the petals of the pinwheel.

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I then worked to cut, solder, and heat shrink the segments onto the wire pinwheel. I used masking tape to hold segments in place to help with final positioning.

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Materials
Purple & Green Electroluminescent Wire (El Wire) from Adafruit, Totes Clear Umbrella with wire structure, Hot Glue, Adafruit EL Inverter (i.e. 3.3V), a few dozen Clear Zip Ties.

Tools
Hot Glue Gun (i.e. Hot Melt Gun), Heat Shrink Tube (Clear or White), Thinly gauged white braided copper wire

Screenshots

The following are some screenshots from the pinwheel around my lab, and around Artisan's Asylum.

Lighted conditions:

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Dark conditions:

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For more information about this project, or how I can help you in your EL projects. Please contact me.

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