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MadDog Mike's Platterful of Pupule - Dvarapala Mug
This was my letting plan. Holes at the big red dots, EL wire on top of the solid lines and under the board for the dotted lines
I am using 3/8 vinyl tubing so I drilled all the holes 3/8. Cut a piece of tubing a few inches longer that I needed for each piece of a letter. Cut a V shaped notch about 3/4-1 inch from one end, measured and cut another notch at the other end and trimmed the tubing 3/4-1 inch past the notch.
The EL wire comes up from the back, through the hole, through the tubing, and back through the hole to the back of the board
Then the tubing and wire get tucked into the holes to the notches
Next I drilled 2 little holes next to the tubing in a couple places to secure the tubing to the board
I used 26 gauge floral wire to secure the tubing to the board. It's small enough that it doesn't really show
Some of the letters finished
This evening I will get a picture in the dark
Now to clean up the back. The EL wire in the back will light up too. If it creates a nice backlighting effect I'll distribute the excess wire around the back edges of the sign and secure it. If the backlighting is distracting I can cut off the extra and cover the EL wire between the letters.