Does anyone have any methods of making miniature neon signs? It's for a project I am doing in college, but I can't seem to find any suitable methods. The set would be roughly in scale with 5/6" figures if that helps.
When I worked on "Honey I Blew Up the Kid" I had to build miniature neon Vegas signs and casino exteriors that all had to have working neon. The cheapest solution was to use clear,solid plex rods and lightly sand them to create a slight frosted look and then light them from behind. You glue them down to a plex surface (your sign surface should be plex of course) with a plexiglass adhesive, however I don't recall the name of it. The adhesive is runny like water and it basically melts the plex to each other, they use it to make plex fish tanks. Once you've got your rods glued down then you paint the surface around the rods whatever color the sign is so only the space directly under the rods where they're attached remains clear so the light can pass through them from behind. The rods can be bent to any shape by just hitting them with a heat gun (this will take some practice) and you can make them any color you want by just taping colored gel strips on the back side of the plex directly underneath each rod.
Hope this helps,
5 or 6 inch figures, that sounds like 1:12 scale. Pretty small.
I have a feeling this was discussed some time ago (probably on the old board) and there was a flexible electrical material that could be used for that. I had posted a photo from a miniature model of the Katz Deli in NY with working neon, and I think it was 1:12 scale, and somebody worked out what must have been used. I'll just check in case it is in the archives of this current message board...
Found it! Here's the answer to what was used for the 1:12 neon, it's called electro-luminescent wire:
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I have seen these for dollhouse scale before and they have kits out there like thishttp://grandmahollyshouse.com/miniatures/index.php?main_page=produc.... That kit is made by this guy who also sells premade signshttp://www.spencersnook.com/New%20Neon.htm. You can find different resources by looking for "electro luminescent wire" or "el wire".
Here's the thread, with photos of the deli, and the whole discussion. You can see that the neon signs look perfect:
Thanks for the tops guys! I also found this product cold EL Wire, which is available on eBay.
I have worked with EL Wire in the past. I think the best for your purposes would be the "Angel Hair" It's the smallest gauge that can be sculpted. I prefer the wall power pack for animation as on a long shot you will see the wire dim as the batteries drain.