For the wires in each frame, bundle all of their
leads together and separate the solid and striped
wire pairs. Twist the solid leads and the striped
leads together into 2 pigtail connections for each
frame (Figure M), then solder the 2 masses to a
snap connector. You should wind up with 5 snap
connector plugs, each of which connects in parallel
across all the segments in a single frame and plugs
into the sequencer or cube driver (Figure N).
7. Final assembly.
The sequencer and driver both run off the same 12V
battery brick. Each has a battery snap that plugs
into the brick’s 9V-style terminals, so you need to
solder an additional 9V battery snap to connect it to
both boxes. Then mount the brick, sequencer, and
driver together on the back of the board near the lead
bundles. We just stuck them on with cardboard, metal
fasteners, and zip ties, and then neatened up the
wires in back with more zip ties (Figure O).
Finally, plug the frame 1 connector into the
sequencer’s channel 1 port, frame 2 to channel 2, 3
to 3, and 4 to 4. Plug the common frame connector
into the cube driver. Choose the sequencer pattern
that makes sense for the project; in this case, “1-2-
3-4-3-2-1” gives the illusion of the eye opening and
closing (Figure P). You’re done!
Animated image of Annie’s Blinking Eye: makezine.
» Elam EL Industries Ly Tec lightwire manufacturer’s
site, with product datasheets: elam.co.il
» Instructables How to add EL wire to a coat or other
» ePlaya Burning Man Community Discussion Board:
» Light 'N Wire Productions for lightwire, drivers,
sequencers, and more: lightnwire.com
Louis M. Brill (“Louie Lights”) and Steve Boverie (“Dr. Glowire”) are co-founders of Light ’N Wire Productions, ( lightnwire.com),
an art-technology resource center dedicated to EL wire. They teach classes on EL wire at The Crucible in Oakland, Calif., and
via touring “Tupper wire” seminars.