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Jul 212015

Cool Neon Soldering PartyCome learn the (really simple) skill of soldering EL Wire – and light up your creations!
Our annual Cool Neon Soldering Party! They are here again! An Annual tradition since ’99. ALWAYS FREE!

NOON – 6PM The first 4 Saturdays in August — 1st, 8th, 15th, and 22nd
1433 Mandela Parkway, Oakland, CA 94607

Come to our shop in Oakland to learn everything you need to know to get you glowing.
Soldering workshops and project advice are always free. Bring your ideas, bikes, vehicles, outfits, questions, patience, kids, friends, and enthusiasm.Cool Neon Soldering PartyWhile you are here, you can test ride our Social Revolution – a 2-3 person playa tricycle.

The Light Room in our ShopAND, see all the new additions to our product line since our shop will be open.In addtion, order pick-up and in-store shopping Tuesday – Friday 11 AM – 4 PM. We are conveniently located near the base of the Bay Bridge in Oakland. 

Call us, Benny, Karen, and Gian anytime with questions.


We can’t wait to see you and your projects glowing on the playa!

Benny, Karen, Gian and the Elves

Photo: Bryan Alberstadt

Jul 102015

Electroluminescent Wire CostumeCool Neon Electroluminescent Wire Costumes

Darryl Thomas of the Western Oregon University Dept. of Theater and Dance, Rainbow Dance Theatre, sent us these fabulous videos of his dance “The Owl and The Serpent”. Here is his description of his work:

It is a dance allegory loosely based on the story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.  The dance is approximately 25 minutes in length.  It features Cool Neon’s electroluminescent wire,  2.6mm high bright wire.  Each costume is actually two costumes in one (e.g. an owl & serpent, man & serpent, woman & owl).
I control the costumes using two, six circuit wireless controllers that I had designed and built for this dance. The specific circuit that is activated determines which costume is visible.  Each of the 12 circuits (per costume) is programmed on a timeline with the music.   Each costume has approximately 250′ – 300′ of 2.6mm high bright wire and is powered by a single 12 volt battery pack with approximately 12 blue fish drivers. Additionally there are props (bats, flowers, snake, etc.) and a full stage set element (tree branch with fruit) that are all controlled via the same wireless device and their on/off sequence is also programmed on a time line with the costumes.

Here is a five minute version of the dance:

The Owl & The Serpent from Darryl Thomas on Vimeo.

Rainbow Dance Theatre

Here is the entire 25 minute dance:

“The Owl & Serpent” Live Performance from Darryl Thomas on Vimeo.

Darryl  will be performing “The Owl & the Serpent” again in September, and we will let you know when and where just in case you live in the Pacific Northwest.

Daryl, we love it when you send us your work, and we love sharing it with our readers, thank you so much.

Benny, Karen and the Elves

Jun 222015
We received this lovely note from Joe Mitchell and wanted to share it with you! Gotta love these Electroluminescent Wire Phones!
Joe 1joe 4joe 7Joe said “I made the giant phone from clear acrylic, glued together with E6000. Glued the Cool Neon Electro Luminescent Wire on with Zap A Gap.”
Small Photo Electroluminescent Wire1
Small Photo Electroluminescent Wire2 Small Photo Electroluminescent Wire3 Small Photo Electroluminescent Wire4 Small Photo Electroluminescent Wire6And then Joe explained “The smaller phone we got at a thrift store. I gutted it, painted it black, and fabricated some mechanisms into a vegetable can to make the number dial animatable. Back-lit the number dial with LEDs.”
Benny’s soldering tutorial helped a ton! Good video.
Thanks for the excellent service, take care!”

Joe stopmo shot3 on Vimeo.

Joe Stopmo shot1 on Vimeo.

And he sent along a couple of videos for you to see!
Wow, we love these phones and thanks so much for sharing them with us Joe!
Benny, Karen and the Elves