How-To: Make your own EL wire


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

4 thoughts on “How-To: Make your own EL wire

  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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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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