We think you’re really going to take a shine to today’s project, the Glow Bike. With some EL wire and bit of creativity, you’ll turn your two-wheeler into a scene-stealer!
EL Wire (or electroluminescent wire if you’re feeling fancy) is a thin copper wire that’s been coated in a luminescent substance that glows when alternating current is applied to it, producing a 360 degree line of visible light. It can be used in clothes, toys and, oh yeah, on really cool bikes too.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- EL Wire Starter Pack, 25'
- Batteries, AA (2)
- Clear, high-strength adhesive tape, such as hockey tape
- Soldering iron and solder
- Heat gun
- Shoe Goo or Rubber Cement
You’ll find step-by-step instructions in the photos below.
You’re going to be doing some soldering, which isn’t difficult, and is an important maker skill. Soldering involves melting metal and using it like glue to create a strong bond when it cools and solidifies. If you’ve never done it before, ask an adult for help, check out this introductory lesson: http://goo.gl/czv0kb, and be sure to watch today’s Hangout where our #makercamp counselors will walk you through the basics.
When you’ve finished getting your glow on, show off pictures of your sparkling ride with the #makercamp hashtag!
Then get ready for today’s live Hangout at 2pm Eastern / 11am Pacific. Pro cyclist will be dropping in to chat about racing at breakneck speeds and being on the road with his nifty mobile bike shop.
You can watch the Hangout on the event page, on our Google+ page (g.co/makercamp), or on our YouTube channel (http://goo.gl/Nh1KIJ).
Tomorrow we go behind the scenes, live at the , to meet the geniuses behind Adventure Time, Regular Show, Uncle Grandpa, and Steven Universe and to discover what it takes to create a cartoon series. Meet the voices behind Mordecai and Uncle Grandpa and so much more. You entirely, completely, and absolutely do not want to miss this!
You can watch the #makercamp Hangout on the event page, on our Google+ page (g.co/makercamp), or on our YouTube channel (http://goo.gl/Nh1KIJ).
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