Hexcorp chair decoration project
I'm an idiot. A resourceful idiot.
I recently changed my chair for a pretty basic ikea one (a Markus one, specifically). It comes with a mesh-like back that's relatively transparent.
I don't know why, I don't know when, but I suddenly felt compelled to mod it a bit by adding an Hexcorp logo on the back.
Obviously, this logo has to be lit up in a deep pink-purple color.
I used some purple electro-luminescent light ribbon found on some chinese marketplace (EL wire, around 5$ each), some string and hand-sewing, and some black electrical tape to hide the excess.
For reference, I exclusively used a buttonhole stitch for holding the ribbon, as it's been the easiest and sturdiest for me when I needed to stitch something thick on some fabric.
I was lucky, since I purchased this EL ribbon to have it under hand for my sewing projects in case I wanted to play with some more... cyber/neon aesthetics, but I didn't yet encounter any idea I wanted to implement, so it was laying around.
I haven't tried it in the dark, but it already shows as a faint but present glow in the light of my room.
Anyways. Let's build!
This build will be mostly shown in images, with a short description. I won't go too much into the process, but I'll describe the images in a textual form.
For those who follow me on Mastodon, yes, this article is pretty much a more detailed thread on the build.
I started by unscrewing the back of the chair, which forced me to unscrew the whole plate so I used my drill to quickly remove everything. Then I unzipped it from the bottom of the chair, and it slid off pretty easily.
I struggled a bit with flipping the back up to work on its inside, but managed to make it lay flat after a bit of a fight. This allowed me to trace the pattern on the fabric using a white drawing chalk I had laying around; this makes for a much easier work than using the paper itself as stencil.
The first stitches were very painful to do due to the width of the wire; I had nothing to hold it in place, so I required a few tries to properly tie it at the end. I'm also still not used to doing end stitches by hand, so I took some time to properly tie it up.
Once I got myself a wooden plank inside, I had a huge boost as it was much more comfortable to work on, especially with my floodlight showing everything clearly. This has allowed me to progress to around a third of the work before I needed to re-spool it as I didn't have any thread left.
Once the sewing was done, I plugged in the battery to make sure everything was working fine, I was a bit afraid of putting too much tension on the sharp corners inside the logo, but it appears to work fine.
Some wet rag and a few swipes later, the back of the chair is now looking pretty clean for the inside. I also took the time to cover the excess ribbon using some electric tape to hide it. There is a lot more unused ribbon, which I will probably use to draw my symbol under the logo, but this will be left for another time, as I was really sick, and tired at this point.
Putting up the back cover on the frame was a real pain, the lower part is stretched very thin and was hard to close by hand, so I had to improvise by using some wire to move the zipper closed. I screwed everything back using the drill for most of the work, finishing the last efforts using my wrench to properly tighten it, then M helped me with fitting it on the rest of the chair again.
What started as a random dumb project came out great, and even if I've been really sick those past days, I feel pretty proud of this result.