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EL Wire: Daisy Chaining Different Colors

I've been interested in trying out some EL Wire for a long time, so I finally caved in and ordered a "20 Foot Grab Bag" from thatscoolwire.com. Along with it, I made sure to order an inverter that would power about 20-25 feet of wire.

While I patiently waited for my order to arrive, it became apparently clear that I had neglected to order any "connecters" which just about every EL Wire Instructable, or other info guide covers how to attach those, but not wire EL wire to El wire. It wasn't until I delved further (almost the last step) into Pyrotect's EL Wire Instructable, that I found out it was even possible to solder both different colors, and different sizes together.

I didn't particularly like the method he used, so after reading about a few more techniques I collected the info and comprised it into my own.

Here it is.
 
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Step 1: Materials and Parts

The main difference between the materials in the method Pyrotect mentions, and mine, is Copper Tape. You won't need any for mine, and with the rising price of copper lately, that should save you quite a bit of money. Probably enough to pick up a second "Grab Bag".
  • Here are the materials you'll need:
  • Soldering Iron + Solder
  • Wire Stripper
  • Heat Shrink Tubing (I used 1/4 inch)
  • X-Acto Knife
  • Electrical Tape (optional)
  • Lighter (semi-optional)
  • Kleenex (semi-optional)
On a side note, I was extremely satisfied with the "20 Foot Grab Bag" that I ordered from thatscoolwire.com. They probably gave me somewhere around 30-40 feet of wire, some of every size, and a few of them included connectors which I could hook up to my inverter (otherwise I would have had to hard wire it to the inverter, and it wouldn't be (dis)connectable). It was a really good way to learn, and get a feel for the differences between the sized wires, and it was just a fun overall learning experience.

gdgarced1 year ago
Thank you for sharing this. I have been looking to do this and I just happen to find this instructable.
waldosan2 years ago
but only in the state of california will it give you cancer, if you live in upstate new york or anywhere else you'll be fine...
Alimaria2 years ago
Beautiful =D