Apr
24
2011
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Bar Sign Debrief

In my last post, I promised photos of the completed sign, once the cocktail party had been.

I’m happy to report that Neville liked the sign, as did all the party guests.

Here’s a photo of the sign lit up just before I wrapped it up.


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Apr
15
2011
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Bar Sign Finished

The sign is finished and wrapped up ready to go.

You’ll have to wait until after the party for me to reveal the completed photos.

I’m very happy with the result.

Here’s a teaser…

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Apr
12
2011
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Slow progress

It’s been very slow going attaching the EL Wire to the sign. The sign needs to be finished for the 16th April, so I need to pick up the pace.

I’ve started to use a toothpick to apply the glue and having better results.

Here’s where I’m up to…
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Apr
07
2011
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Attaching EL Wire

I’ve started attaching the EL wire to the sign.

I first attached it using a Gel Superglue, but it spread terribly and left cloudy marks everywhere, so I carefully undid my work and went looking for another glue.

I settled on Selleys Multigrip, the one which dries clear.
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Mar
26
2011
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Brushed Steel Plate

I’ve cut myself a piece of steel for the sign and managed to get it completed to the point where I can attach the EL wire.

I first grabbed two washers, bent them slightly and welded them to the steel. Once complete these can be used to tie of the hanging wire on the back.

I then used a grinder to remove light surface rust and to give the steel an industrial “brushed” look.
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Mar
22
2011
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Obtaining Materials

I’ve done a bit of work on my bar sign project.

First of all, I’ve converted my design to black and white, resized it a bit and printed it out onto A3 paper.

This is the (rough) but workable pattern.


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Mar
14
2011
0

Electroluminescent Bar Sign Project

A friend of mine is coming up to his 40th Birthday and he’s having a cocktail party to celebrate.

I’ve decided I wanted to make him a “Neon” bar sign for a gift.

Neon signs are expensive, use lots of power, generate heat and are generally not a suitable DIY project, so I’ve decided to use Electroluminescent Wire, or EL Wire for short.

I’ve been playing around with different fonts and colours and have settled on the following design.
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