I realize I never really blogged about part 1, but it’s up here.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been working on something fun. About a year ago I built up my first gaming computer since high school, and my first computer with high-quality components that I put together myself. As part of this system I purchased Razer peripherals: the TRON-branded mouse and keyboard. The case I ended up buying was the NZXT Phantom, in black and green. It turns out there’s a better-looking version of this case now, but that’s ok.
My case looked a little bit like this at the beginning:
In order to make it match the TRON theme of the mouse and keyboard, I wanted to run EL wire around some of the edges. I started by removing the vents and grinding their edges to make way for the wire.
Then I used some black enamel paint (glossy finish) to cover up the ugly green.
After replacing the vents in the case, I hot-glued some high-brightness aqua EL wire into the grooves. Powering it was super easy: I soldered a 4-pin connector to a 12v inverter, which was connected to a 4-way splitter, each end of which can hook up to a 6 foot wire.
(ps heat-shrink tubing is the best!)
So without further ado, here’s the finished result:
I do plan on adding a couple more wires to it, but this was a good start.
For those interested in building a similar thing, here’s the full kit of stuff:
- 1x 4pin IDE power cable ($2)
- 1x 12v el wire inverter ($5)
- 1x inline splitter ($2)
- 4x high-brightness aqua EL wire ($12 each)
- 1x can paint, black enamel, gloss finish
- 1x roll tape, painter’s
- some solder
- some heat-shrink tubing
As for tools, I used:
- a screwdriver
- Dremel (for grinding and cutting)
- paint brush
- wire strippers
- soldering iron (and helping-hands)