Build your own Cloak of Scintillating Auras!

Like the infamous Dungeons and Dragons/World of Warcraft item, you too can have your own Cloak of Scintillating Auras. All it takes is a bit of cloth, some patience, and a lot of LEDs! For those of us who are less inclined to Role Playing Games, what exactly is a Cloak of Scintillating Auras?

It's a cloak that rapidly changes colors - supposedly to stun your enemies, but in real life the use cases range from looking awesome all the way to looking awesome at parties. (Did I mention that it makes you look awesome?)

A Cloak of Scintillating Auras

If you're one with deeper pockets, you can build your cloak out of fiber optic cloth. You'll end up with a giant sheet of cloth that glows evenly in any color you desire.

Unfortunately, that option would cost several hundred dollars.

Good thing there's EL wire! For less than $10 a strand, you can get a bunch of strands of glowing wire to line your cape with. It's cheap, and you get cool strands of light on your cloak! However, EL wire can't switch color, so you'd need a lot of strands to achieve a scintillating look. If you want to even out the appearance, you could use some glow in the dark fabric paint (That exists? Who knew!)

A third option would be to use strips of LEDS - unlike the EL wire, you can get RGB color LEDs. Not only that, you can cut these strips up and wire them together in whatever length you want. You could cover your entire cape in a decent grid of multicolor LEDs for only $50! (plus, they come with a handy controller with built-in flashing patterns)


Needless to say, if you build a cloak of scintillating auras, let us know! We'd love to see - and share - it!