Help with Gambit playing cards

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8 perf

Sr Member
My boss at work and her boyfriend will be going as Rogue and Gambit this year for halloween. Need a relatively cheap way to do a light up/ glowing card for the Gambit costume. Needs to be self contained, and as close to real playing card size. Any ideas out there? Thanks.
 

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8 perf

Sr Member
Thanks! The Instruct-able one was basically the idea I came up with and tried to explain it to her. Prop gurus must think alike somewhere along the line. :)
I was wondering about combining the two ideas from each video.
If you were to use EL wire/ tape inside the plexi frame, you could make it a lot thinner. By running the wires and power module up your arm, you could effectively have two contacts on the card that would act as a switch when you touched them both. The card only lights up for you, and only when you pick it up.
 

CelticRuins

Sr Member
I would recommend getting hi-bright EL Wire, if you're going that route. If you can get your hands on some LEDS, I highly recommend that! LEDS will produce a brighter light and will "flare" out.
 

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CelticRuins

Sr Member
I'm in the middle of adding more lights...this was just a test to see how they were looking! There's five LEDs in there right now, I'm about to add 2 to three more.

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Auryn

Active Member
That is freaking awesome.
I hope you do a step by step celticruins cause that i brilliant.

The card only lights up for you, and only when you pick it up.
That would make the cards over the top.
I know bubkiss about electrical stuff though so I can't help there.

Now I might have to go make some custom acrylic cards in my laser.hmmm....
 

CelticRuins

Sr Member
Thanks guys! If had some left over EL Wire from my Tron suits, I'd try it...but I sold it -_-.

Did a few trials last night on adding more lights, but I need to go get another pack of batteries. I'll post a write up and final result, hopefully, later tonight!
 

CelticRuins

Sr Member
I ended up sticking with the 5 LED's..but may try high-bright EL wire in the future. I want it to be REALLY bright, but the LED's just don't have the correct brightness, in a well-lit environment, that they could have. Especially when someone takes a picture with the flash on. Maybe adding reflective tape would help?

They do look great with a non-flash picture and in the dark! We took them to AWA this past weekend, and they got a really great response!

I ghetto rigged it since I didn't have too much time. Basically there's 3 purple and 2 red LED's in there. The purple LED's took WAY more volts than the red, and had to have 2 3 volt lithium batteries attached to them, as opposed to the reds, which only took 1 for both. They lights are triggered with the battery/LED package is put into the cards. The wires touch the battery and...let there be kinetic energy!

I basically did a similar thing to the instructables; except for the Plexiglas, I used baseball Toploaders. I super glued two of them together and drew out my own cards, simply because actual cards aren't going to allow the lights to penetrate, and the plastic-see through Bicycle cards don't defuse the light.

I'll definitely be fiddling around with these more, trying to achieve a massively bright light!
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VariablePenguin

Well-Known Member
I liked 8 perfs suggestion because then you wouldn't have to limit yourself to small batteries. You could run a 9 volt with some resistors up Gambit's sleeve to power more LEDs
 

CelticRuins

Sr Member
I liked 8 perfs suggestion because then you wouldn't have to limit yourself to small batteries. You could run a 9 volt with some resistors up Gambit's sleeve to power more LEDs

Once I get more time to play around with it, I'll rig something up. Running the 9 volt would definitely allow brighter and MORE light. I made these as a quicky-prop of a small convention this past weekend.

I'll definitely have something better to show in the coming months ;)!
 

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