October 16, 2013 AT 3:01 pm

EL Wire Animal Masks #WearableWednesday

Create a wire frame mask on a bike helmet! Great for parades, Burning Man, or any time you want to get noticed in the dark. If you’re looking for an easy, fun, and glowing Halloween costume this year, read on to learn how to make an animal mask with EL wire on a bike helmet. We were inspired by Tom Newsom’s Glownimals project over in the UK, which he showed off at Elephant and Castle Mini Maker Faire last summer. Watch the video on YouTube (please subscribe!) and Vimeo, and don’t miss the complete guide on the Adafruit Learning System.

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  1. Outstanding! I’m glad other people are making these. They get you SO MUCH attention if you wear one out and about. At public events, I recommend turning the el-wire off if you want to walk further than 5 meters without being asked for your photo :)

    I use wire coat hangers to make mine, for a really rigid frame. I heat the ends with a cigarette lighter and melt mounting sockets into the helmet. This also allows for the creation of hinges. My masks have articulated jaws, with chin straps and rubber bands to pull against. This works particularly well with the T-Rex if you make roaring noises while working the jaw :-P

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