Making an e-Vest (electronic vest)
Added Jun 1, 2010
As indicated earlier, the fiber optic cable I used require 9 volts for each pair of cables. I ordered the fiber optic cable from "www.fiberopticproducts.com". I used their EL wire ("electroluminescent wire", also called "Lighteningwire"). The side-glowing fiber optics cable they sell required too much power to be incorporated into clothing, whereas the EL wire was much more effective for a reasonable power supply. Note that the wire requires that one buy an "inverter" to power the cable. I ordered a kit with 8 colors and then selected four colors for my Christmas scene. I ordered 3 feet of each cable - it sounds like a lot for this little scene, but in fact I was a little tight. The total cost for the fiber optics cable, including the converter, was about 8$US per cable, hence about 35$ for the whole shebang (including wiring and batteries). Shown in this diagram on the left is the scene I had selected as a source of inspiration to develop into a fiber optics variant. On the right is a simplified sketch I made of the scene as a guide to developing the fiber optics variation. I was convinced that I could develop a "line-based sketch" that would capture the essential forms using these first attempts as a rough guide.