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    I picked up 4 flat white tree wireframes up from someone giving them away after New Years. They are 3, 4, 5 and 6ft. They are 100% working with incan AC lights but I want to rip those off and add pixels. I attached just one photo (they are all the same - just different sizes). Any thoughts on an approach to add pixels?

    A few options I'd likely consider -

    1. Vertical Boscoyo pixel trips giving it a traditional pixel tree look.
    2. Zip tie along the outside outline and then interior zig zag of the wireframe starting in the bottom left corner (that would leave the end of the strand near the top so I can connect to a coro start topper)
    3. Cover it in chromamesh (not too confident this will work out too well) and make it pretty dense with pixels

    Any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: Ideas for Adding Pixels to these tree wireframes

    No one has any other suggestions?

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    Default Re: Ideas for Adding Pixels to these tree wireframes

    I tried, but I honestly don't have any suggestions. I thought of maybe trying LED strips, because your display is basically 2-dimensional and that's what strips are strong at. But the amount of work involved to do that is way more. Your strips would basically go horizontal, stacked on top of each other, and you would wrap around wire at the ends (which you would cut to length). The end result would be really good and really dense. But a lot of work.

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    Default Re: Ideas for Adding Pixels to these tree wireframes

    Oh I know! EL wire. That would look really good on a wire frame like that. The tree would look neon. What I would do is weave in three strands of EL wire--red, green, and cool blue. And hook it up to an Arduino Uno using an Escudo Dos Arduino shield. And then flash the EL wires like it was an old-fashioned Christmas tree. You could control two trees with one Arduino (an Escudo has 8 channels, so you could add a 4th strand--maybe yellow). And because you are weaving EL in & out, the tree would look equally good from the back as from the front. Finally I would leave some solid whites at the base (probably not EL). That's exactly what I would do if I had the frame.

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    Default Re: Ideas for Adding Pixels to these tree wireframes

    Iím not exactly sure what EL wire is. I was hoping to be able to connect via my Falcon f16 and not buy any additional controller.


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    Default Re: Ideas for Adding Pixels to these tree wireframes

    What about some 4mm coro? Could cut to same shape and zip tie to frame, then drill holes for pixels.

    Coroplast 48 in. x 96 in. x 0.157 in. White Corrugated Plastic Sheet
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Coroplas...896S/205351385

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    Default Re: Ideas for Adding Pixels to these tree wireframes

    Quote Originally Posted by neonexpresso View Post
    What about some 4mm coro? Could cut to same shape and zip tie to frame, then drill holes for pixels.

    Coroplast48 in. x 96 in. x 0.157 in. White Corrugated Plastic Sheet
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Coroplas...896S/205351385
    Thatís an idea.


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    Default Re: Ideas for Adding Pixels to these tree wireframes

    EL wire basically looks like neon, but without the 2 kilovolt flyback transformers. You basically feed it a DC voltage.

    http://www.elwirepros.com/
    https://www.instructables.com/How-to-make-EL-Wire-Art/

    Any DC controller will work. It's just that an Arduino with an El Escudo shield is best (unless you're doing a wearable, which you're not).


    Of course, if we were talking about Halloween, let's go back to using those 2 kilovolt flyback transformers.....

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    Default Re: Ideas for Adding Pixels to these tree wireframes

    Simple way would be to zip tie pixels to the frame (as you said in your request). Zig-zag back and forth then add a custom model to your sequencer.
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