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Turn El Wire Into Neon Signs - DIY
Before today I had never heard of El wire. Neon? Sure, I've heard of that since before I was born. But what is El wire and how does it work? Well, from the looks of the tutorial from A Practical Wedding, online, it's easy to do, inexpensive and anyone can do it with the right supplies! Sounds good to me! Supplies Needed: 3′ x 3′ White Acrylic for “Love like Hell Yeah” 15″ x 17″ White Acrylic for “Love” 30 ft Pink El Wire Kit (5mm) (You can find it here from GlowCity.com) 10 ft Pink El Wire Kit (5mm) Print of Your Quote Chalkboard Marker/Dry Erase Marker Loctite Super Glue Ultra Gel Control Painters Tape Gaff Tape Drill with a quarter-inch drill bit 1. Print out your word to fit the acrylic. 2. Figure out where you will need to drill holes to make your words. The obvious ones, are at the beginning and end of every word or unconnected letter. 3. Trace your word or quote on to the acrylic using a dry erase or chalkboard marker. Do a test first to make sure it comes off your plexiglass easily before you write out the whole thing! 4. Drill a hole big enough for your EL wire to fit through everywhere you marked an “x”. 5. Pull all of your EL wire through the first hole from back to front (at the beginning of the “L”) leaving just the black wire that connects it to the battery pack on the back of the sign. 6. Now just trace your word with the EL wire, bending it over itself at the curves and securing them with a couple drops of super glue gel. You’ll have to hold it in place for a minute or two until it sticks and then you can use a piece of painters tape to hold it down while it dries completely (about ten minutes). TIP: If you wipe away the writing writing as you go, it makes it easier to to remove all the writing. 7. Continue gluing your EL wire at all the curves and loops and whenever you come to one of your holes, drop the EL wire to the back of your plexiglass, then pull it through the next hole and continue. 8. When you get to the last letter, drop the EL wire through to the back of your plexi and flip it over. You can cut off the extra EL wire now—just snip it with regular scissors! 9. Wrap any extra EL wire on the back with tape. 10. Plug in the battery pack and tape it to the pack of the sign! Pretty cool idea, right?! I am going to think of some other cool things that I can use this El wire with for future projects! Click here to see other fun things I am planning for my wedding.
Photos on Canvas - Personalized Canvas Prints
The advances in digital photography, as well as the affordability of giclee printing technology has meant that the market place for company's offering to print your photos on canvas is growing at a rapid rate. So how do you choose the right company? Well there are a number of key factors to consider and I will take you through a few of them here. The First is the Quality of Canvas Being Used This sounds obvious but it is very easy to overlook, or more accurately, very easy to be mislead. There are three main canvases being used by printers. Cotton canvas is the best while polyester canvas is a cheaper alternative. The third canvas is a blend between the two and is known as polycotton canvas. The first thing to bear in mind is that if a company offering canvas printing does not mention which type, they are using then you can be pretty sure that it's polyester. Unfortunately, though it's not as easy as looking for the first company who offers cotton as the quality of cotton canvas can vary massively. Ideally you would want to see a sample of any canvas prior to ordering, although we realize that this is not possible when ordering online. The one thing you can check when ordering online is how heavy the canvas is - you want a canvas that is a minimum 340gsm but ideally, for a really top-quality feeling product I recommend 420gsm. The Second Point to Consider is Frame Quality Ensure that any frame is oven dried pine wood to confirm that it doesn't warp. There are also two standard thicknesses when dealing with personalized canvas prints, 18mm and 38mm. 18mm is the cheaper option and tends to feel a lot more brittle when held, while canvas prints produced using 38mm frames look far more solid. The third and probably most important factor to consider is how your image will be treated? When we started on canvas prints it is crucial to prepare the image adequately as, even with the advances in digital photography, most images are not prepared to be blown up to the typically large sizes produced when printing personalized canvas prints. I need to point out at this stage that although it is possible to enhance any image prior to printing, the best prints will still be produced by images that are of high quality to begin with. It can be very difficult to gauge how a company will deal with your image prior to printing so have a read through their website to determine if you believe that they'll edit and enhance your image before printing. If unsure then contact them and ask! You will probably find that the level of attention they afford you when on the phone, will reflect the time and care that they will put into enhancing your image. When deciding where to go for your photos on canvas prints, then by bearing the above three points in mind you won't go far wrong. Your personalized canvas print should be something that provides you with a great deal of enjoyment as well as being something that lasts a lifetime. It is therefore worth taking that little bit of extra time when creating your work of art. Craig is passionate about creating stunning art work from customers own images. He does work for many professional photographers and designers; however, he gets the most enjoyment from printing photos on canvas for the general public. This can offer numerous challenges and he strives to supply the simplest print potential from every and each image.