How-To: Tron bag with EL wire

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How-To: Tron bag with EL wire

Tote your Thinkpad and port your Apple in style with this custom TRON-inspired laptop bag tutorial and accompanying CRAFT video. With a little soldering and sewing skills you can have your own light up satchel, sure to impress geeky friends. So grab your sewing needle and soldering iron and follow along.

This project is a collaboration between ladyada and Becky Stern.


There’s a getting started pack at the adafruit shop with some EL wire, inverter and connector and other small bits you need. Read more about soldering to EL wire and designing and finishing your Tron bag.

Subscribe to the CRAFT Podcast in iTunes, download the m4v video directly, or watch it on YouTube.

8 thoughts on “How-To: Tron bag with EL wire

  1. says:

    where can I get an awesome coat(?) like Lady Ada’s?

  2. Th3mhungryR0b0ts says:

    Thanks for the great post and tutorial from Lady Ada!
    Posted some pics of my own slightly modified version of the TRON bag. Turned out cool and was a fun project!

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Becky Stern is a Content Creator at Autodesk/Instructables, and part time faculty at New York’s School of Visual Arts Products of Design grad program. Making and sharing are her two biggest passions, and she's created hundreds of free online DIY tutorials and videos, mostly about technology and its intersection with crafts. Find her @bekathwia on YouTube/Twitter/Instagram.

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