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The ever-industrious Jeri Ellsworth shows you how she made her own electroluminescent (EL) wire using enameled magnet wire, bare copper wire, and EL phosphors. And don’t forget the rubber cement coating when you’re done so that you don’t shock the Dickens out of you.

EL Wire Made at Home – The Currency of Burning Man

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. says:

    That’s a neat [DEAD PIXEL!] technique. Saving a couple [DEAD PIXEL!] bucks is probably not [DEAD PIXEL!] worth it for most projects, but [DEAD PIXEL!] I’ll bet it’s [DEAD PIXEL!] possible to [DEAD PIXEL!] create some interesting [DEAD PIXEL!] color effects [DEAD PIXEL!] that you [DEAD PIXEL] couldn’t get [DEAD PIXEL!] with the off [DEAD PIXEL!] the shelf stuff. [DEAD PIXEL!]

    By the way, did anyone else notice there was a dead pixel in the video? It’s a little distracting.

    1. Alvaro says:

      It really wasn’t that distracting…

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