Geek Cr3d: Yet Another TRON Bag
A couple months ago, I bought the EL wire starter pack from Adafruit with the intention of doing something ‘really cool’ with it. Alas, as with most things, it got shelved for a few months while I waited for the ‘really cool’ idea to strike.
Then, this weekend, I road-tripped from Sacramento to LA. And like any good maker, I tried to think of a project to work on during the 6+ hour drive…enter the abandoned EL wire. I figured instead of waiting for inspiration to strike, I’d instead geek-ify my purse. By lovingly adapting the TRON bag project by Ladyada & Becky Stern, I created the YATB (Yet Another TRON Bag).
In all honesty, it was the perfect car project. I do have a tendency to get a little carsick, and looking down at a bag and stitching didn’t always help that problem. Thankfully most of the drive wasn’t along curvy roads, so I didn’t run into that issue too often.
Since I was working via automobile, I had pretty limited resources and needed to devise a way to use all 2.5 meters fo EL wire. So I decided to get a little crafty on the interior of the bag. I was going for a damped sine wave, but couldn’t get the amplitude changes to come out just right without tape.
So are you planning a long car trip and need something to pass the time? I would highly suggest making your own YATB! All you need is some clear thread, a needle, EL wire and some patience as you stitch, and stitch, and stitch, and stitch…