Step 4: Strip the Inner Core

Using the knife, strip approximately 2-3mm of phosphorous from the end of the copper core.

To clean the last bits of phosphorous off, either keep scraping the knife over the wire or use some fine emery cloth.

You should have something like the second picture above,
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<p>The above one<em> I made last year. I made dance suits of el wire.Only problem is that wire cuts at joints. I tried </em>to solder two multistrand wires in between them. Well can you tell me how to solder two el wires more easy way?</p>
<p>FANTASTIC instruct ! it took me over an hr. to do 2 splices the old way. </p><p>PS; where did you get the copper foil?</p>
Copper foil came with my EL wire, but you can find it on eBay from EL wire sellers.<br>Let me know if this method helps. Good luck with your project.<br>Tim
<p>You are so clever!</p>
Amazing job!!! VERY well done.. i was thinking of doing these mineature joints and evrywhere they use up so much of the el wire its crazy:P
What fantastic photographs as well! Highly detailed! Well done.
Wow. This should be a model for what Instructables should be like. <br> <br>Clear pictures, showing more than one angle for each step. Each step showing a single step in the process. Explanation as to why you should do it this way, but also exploring other options. And finally showing the completed project as photographed--not another one that they made up ahead of time. <br> <br>100% nailed it.
100% agreed! Your comment says everything that my tired mind couldn't put into words tonight! The Ible is a great example of what an Ible should be!
Agreed, again! I've voted this a 5 star instructible based on my concurrence with SpokeHedz comments. This is well done.
Very nice instructable. 5* <br> <br>The idea with hot glue shavings inside the heat shrink is very clever. <br> <br>I used to work on El ribbons. <br>Most of the time, i had to repair the inverters after the FET's smoked away. <br>
Although I have never handled EL wire before, I HAVE handled plenty of heat-shrink and plenty of hot-glue, and am getting better with soldering now that I have learned the secret ways of the Flux Fairy. I've never thought of using both the hot glue and the heat shrink together, that is such a great idea! <br> <br>You ible is very well put-together and based solely on it, I think I could confidently handle soldering wires to EL wire (especially if I started with heavier stuff first..). Your pictures are well done (Would you mind telling us what you used? Cellphone with home-made macro lens?) <br> <br>Thank you for taking the time to post this Ible. <br> <br>Mike, from &quot;DC&quot;.
Thanks Mike, <br> <br>The photos were taken on a HTC Mozart with a cheap 10x eye loupe in front of the camera lens for the close up pics. <br> <br>For example: http://www.amazon.com/3PC-EYE-LOUPE-3X-10X/dp/B000XGGF0U/ref=sr_1_12?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1337332126&amp;sr=8-12
why apply hot glue while hot, give it a shave first! great idea for such delicate work. <br>is the finished project going to be an instructable? <br> <br>thanks so much <br>
Thanks for all the positive feedback! <br>Not sure that I will make an instructable out of the final project - it's overly complicated and I wish I could start it again. <br>I promise to do one for the next EL wire project - by then I will have learn from my mistakes!
You have made it all so simple. The website I have looked at to purchase some El wire made it sound like they had some difficult method or special tools to solder it. A well written, and high quality instructable.
Really nicely done - some great tips there and not just for EL wire!
Love your use of a old socket A or 378 heatsync as your helping hands!
Love the heatsink-as-helping-hands trick.
You can get heat shrink tubing with hot glue inside it. <br> Another alternative would be squirting silicone sealer on before sliding the tubing on. Another layer of tubing over all with a stiff &quot;batten&quot; to prevent flex would also help. EL wire is very fragile if exposed to any movement.
Very nice 'ible.
Genius, thanks for sharing your hacks. The hot glue shaving bit is really brilliant.

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