Posted:yo all just wanted to tell ya guys something so cool and new which has just came out. or at least i havent known about them until now Non-Https Image Link but anyways i bought a pair of "electronic glow fiber" they are battery operated and light up with a single button. they are thin wire that glow NICE as hell when you turn um on they look so good some people tell me they look more like staffs whens i spin with them but i dunno lol youll have to see for yourselves .... try them out i highly recommend themcheck out glowstickfactory.com under battery operated. l8r allf tranZ
HOP admin Location: HOP Member Since: 18th Nov 2003 Total posts: 984
Posted:I think these are the same things you are talking about. quote:Check out http://www.coolwireusa.com/they make some very cool tubes that can be swung around like poi (runs on batteries). I looked at selling them a while ago but I found that the ends could fly off and break because of the centrifugal forces. Also you have to keep them out of daylight cause UV kills them over a short time. They also recommend you do not swing them around (I don't know their exact reasons for saying that). They are very cool wires and look great if you want to make a suit out of them. Anyway have a look at their web site. Well worth a look.
Posted:im not sure if its optic fiber try and checkout glowstickfactory.com and coolwireusa.com might be the same product as im talking about but its not assembled and you would have to put one together.
poo-bah Location: Austin TX USA Member Since: 19th Dec 2000 Total posts: 1015
Posted:Yeah, the "glow fibers" are electroluminescent (EL) wire, same as Malcolm said. Completely different from fiber optics.I've seen poi made of it, where the wick head was something like a tin can that had been wrapped with EL wire, with the controller inside. Seemed to work OK. I made an EL wire suit for Halloween last year, but the stress on the wire from repeated wearings (what, you think I'd wear it only once?) eventually killed most of the wires on it. It was worth it though.
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kmactane member Location: San Francisco, CA, USA Member Since: 25th Apr 2001 Total posts: 97
Posted:Yeah, EL wire is incredibly fun stuff. I think the reason why they say not to spin with and stuff like that is that it's not structural wire; it's more for decorative purposes, and so doesn't have the strength to stand up to repeated bending and flexing (or, Goddess forbid, the kinds of stresses a poi cable undergoes!).Wrapping around the poi heads would probably work great, like Adam mentions. Using EL wire as poi cables would be a bad idea.I've got a couple of strands of violet EL wire that I sometimes lace up and down teh sides of my pants when performing or going out to raves. I think that works better than lighting up the poi themselves, especially if the poi are on fire.Adam -- sorry to hear your suit broke. It must have been damn tight while it lasted.