Introduction: El Wire Dog Collar & Leash!

Have you ever wanted to have your dog stand out in the crowd? Well now your dog can be the star of the park with it's very own El wire collar and leash! Let your dog feel like he or she has style with this great gift for your furry little friend.

*Scissors (or some other cutting utensil that can cut fishing wire)

*Dog Collar & Leash
*El wire
*2 Small AA Drivers
*Electrical tape
*Scotch tape
*Fishing wire

Skills needed:
Basic knowledge of sewing

*** This collar CANNOT get wet. Do not let dog swim in water with collar. This collar is used for night time walks and bragging rights.
***Make sure that your dog is fully grown. You will be sewing on El wire to this collar and there is no way to tighten it.

With all that said, let's get started!

Step 1: Sizing the Collar

Make sure that the dog collar fits snugly around your dogs neck. This will be the permanent size of the dog collar so make sure that it is on right.

Step 2: Taping the Driver

What you want to do is tape the driver next to the side of the dog collar that doesn't have the metal loop where you attach the leash. Just secure it with electrical tape. Then you want to put the driver on the top of the dog leash near your hand for easy access. Also secure this with electrical tape.

Step 3: Tape the El Wire

Tape the El wire to the dog leash and collar in the pattern you want. This will secure the El wire when you are sewing it or moving the collar. This is a very important step because it is really hard to sew El wire onto something that it isn't secured to.

Step 4: Sew

Thread the needle with fishing wire. Make sure that the fishing wire length is long, but not too long that it gets tangled every time you do something. Then get the two ends of the fishing wire and tie a big knot so that the fishing wire doesn't slip through when you start sewing. It may be hard to push the needle through your dog collar or leash, if this happens then just flip the collar upside down and push the needle through by using the hard surface of a table. Once you are done with the sewing, just tie it off with a knot.

Step 5: Finished

Now put that collar on your dog and take a good long look at your hard work. Take your dog on a walk to show off his or hers fancy looks.


ANISHNAABE made it! (author)2010-08-03

this is extremely cool, I love it.

Halotriple3 made it! (author)2010-08-03

this is awesome!!! i love the great idea.

angelabchua made it! (author)2010-08-03

Great Idea.... I get home pretty late, so we take our pooches to the dog park late at night so they can run.. but my wiener dog is black, so he is impossible to find at night in the park enclosure.... we have used those disposable glow stick bracelets, but this makes so much more sense!

freeanimals made it! (author)2010-08-18

yo ryan its your home boy, see u sunday dude!

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-18

yeaaaaa thanks austin my boy but idk if i can make it sunday, ill check tho

Go ryan! made it! (author)2010-08-18

Yea Ryan i Hope you win this contest! i know how hard you worked!

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-18

Thanks John!

chelseyr88 made it! (author)2010-08-17

great idea! so proud of you!! <3 you and good luck ry!

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-17


chaoschao99 made it! (author)2010-08-16

REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR ME!!! I need all of the votes I can get and I will appreciate every one! Thanks, Ryan Tisdel

puppiesrock made it! (author)2010-08-16

um...what exactly is el wire??? hee hee yea ive never even heard of it would be great if someone coul explain to me with words i can understand what el wire is. thanks! :)

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-16

electroluminescent wire is a wire that is cold to the touch, bendable, and can easily be attached to things. it is pretty much like neon but bendable and cold, or a glow stick that never wears out until like 6 year of continuous use.

bizydad made it! (author)2010-08-11

Great idea...I've seen the stuff used. Where's the best place to get your hands on it?

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-15

i use but thats me

scratchr made it! (author)2010-08-06

Funny, I recently bought a leash because it had el wire in it. I took it out for a project.

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-06

thats wierd where di you get that? ive never heard of that being sold

joe57005 made it! (author)2010-08-04

Careful which inverter you use, many emit high frequency sound which may irritate your dog.

SubFusion made it! (author)SubFusion2010-08-04

Many years ago playing around EL wires, my friends found out that cheap one time cameras with flash can be used as power suply for EL wires. The curcuit that charges the capacitor for the flash, is high voltage. Beware of long time damage to EL wire because of over voltage. Most photo shops will give you used cameras for free. :)

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-04

good idea

ssstan69 made it! (author)2010-08-03

cool for the EI wire contest... But you could sew highly reflective material on existing dog collars, leashes, etc and it's waterproof and doesn't require no batteries! Such as:

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-03

but then you need a car or a flashlight to have your dog look stylish

HarveyH44 made it! (author)2010-08-03

My Lab (Jake), is three years old now, tough to keep him out of the water... Is it just no swimming, or is rain, or running through water also a bad thing. I don't want electrocute him (most of the time). Weather here is kind of unpredictable, storm can pop up in minutes. At the park, he needs a drink, but can never tell if that is all he is going to do. He'll usually walk out into the water a little ways, but will lay down if it's hot, go for a swim if he see birds (or pretty much anything move). Probably should wait until grows up a little more, or a waterproof driver...

scoochmaroo made it! (author)scoochmaroo2010-08-03

They do have el wire that's water proof, but yes, you might need to make a special casing for the inverter.

chaoschao99 made it! (author)chaoschao992010-08-03

That sounds kinda like my dog and conditions. I usually just put my collar on her whenever we have company over or if she is inside. And I put it on her when we go for night-time walks. I've heard of "water-proof" El wire. This El wire is just a little more resistant to the water and cannot be submerged completely. I also bought end caps for the end of the el wire and I taped up my heat shrink tubing and soldering job with electrical tape. You could also try to wrap it in like a ziplock bag whenever he goes for a swim or just use another collar. Hopefully I was helpful.

scoochmaroo made it! (author)2010-08-03

This seems like a good nighttime safety device!

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