This is a simple instructable to make a glowing el wire cassette tape. It makes a great pendant and would look good hanging in a retro record shop or something.

The el controller that came with it has slow and fast flashing modes as well as always-on, which are very effective and give that neon sign feel. I hope to hack a vu meter kit soon to make one of these that pulses to music, great for the festival season.

Step 1: Raw Materials

First you need some el wire. I got some cheap stuff from ebay, this instructable uses a 1m length, which was around £3 and didn't need any trimming.

Next a cassette tape - I picked up a 3-pack of new tapes for £1 at the car boot, which saved a trip into the loft and spending hours deciding which precious mix tape to sacrifice.

With the cassette dismantled and the tape itself discarded we're ready to start making, superglue at the ready!
Nice use of EL wire! Thanks for sharing
It's 3v, 2x AA batteries in the controller box.
Ha! Such a fun idea! Love the look of it :)
Can you elaborate on the power source?

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Bio: I love the design and ambition of vintage technology, and the usability and potential of new - my passion is bringing the two together.
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