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I loved all the Instructables entered in the EL wire contest, but since I really like to explore the science and engineering behind such beautiful creations, I thought I'd share how I made my own electroluminescent wire at home. You may have already seen some of my other hacks, like how I made transistors in my home chip fab, but I promise this will be much easier, and require no special equipment. If there is enough interest, I'll follow up with a video on building your own EL wire power supply. 

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emcelhannon5 years ago
You're very charming in the video, but I'll still look forward to the steps laid out in still shots and paragraphs. As far as probing for interest in building  power supplies, consider me rivited.
I cracked open some crts for the phosphors on the screen.  I think I might try spraying, dipping or rolling the wire with adhesives, and then sprinkling it with the phosophor powder.   Does anybody see problems that might make this a waste of time? Barring scoldings or warnings about the obvious dangers of broken glass and electricity)
My chemist friend told me the lead and/or phosphors in a CRT will cause liver damage and health problems. Does anyone know more about this?
Just wear goggles gloves a respirator and one of those suits made if plastic the hazmat team uses and you'll be fine but you'll have to get someone to hose the suit down first before you take it off
-max- snotty4 years ago
i know phosphor isnt the best for the body, nor is mercury.
hp-i1 year ago
Definitely interested in learning how to make my own EL wire that be great.
Is it possible to to this on an iron bar? Instead of wires.
I would expect the wire to have higher luminescence if you first coated the core with phosphor, let it dry, THEN wrapped the ground wire, thus placing the phosphor as part of the dielectric.
btadili3 years ago
its great , better to be inside fluo tube,will be great for writing :)
This seems to be very high voltage...not my style...
Does it have to be AC? I have a small circuit that produces around 300 volts DC. would that work to power it?
i mean no.
wrecche -max-4 years ago
:) Funniest comment ever.


*12 hours later*

I mean, No.

-max- wrecche4 years ago
haha, ok... now i confused myself... NO, dc wont work. YES, it needs to be AC. okay...
Yes. Yoe can think of EL as a capacitor, and will only flick on for half a second if powered by DC.
-max-4 years ago
to drive the EL wire, you need a source of about 300V of high frequency AC.
120 volts at 1000Hz works just fine.
Da7mi4 years ago
Where can i buy this phosphorus from?
joypad Da7mi4 years ago
get enough pee you can get it from there lol.
sweeety joypad4 years ago
challenge accepted.
joypad sweeety4 years ago
iongets Da7mi4 years ago
I thought fluorescent paint contained phosphor and will fluoresce , so why can't it be used here ? granted the paint is stimulated by ultraviolet light, but would it matter how it was stimulated.
-max- Da7mi4 years ago
Lowes, lighting section, flourescent tubes
Da7mi -max-4 years ago
But then, how can i choose colors?
-max- Da7mi4 years ago
i guess you dont. if you can find color tubes, your ether in luck, or the glass is tinted for the color
Da7mi -max-4 years ago
this does not seem to be the same material this chick is using. because her's is colored and hers is in liquid form while the inside of the tubes is powder. Maybe there is another source?
zack2474 years ago
wow, that is REALLY cool.
once i figure out where i can locally get the phosphor im gonna make some of this, EL wire can get expensive when you buy it, hopefully this would end up being cheaper.

do you just dip the wires in the phosphor or do you mix the phosphor with something and paint it on?
-max- zack2474 years ago
i think you can get phosper from fluorescent tubes but it's dangerous
zack247 -max-4 years ago
because of the mercury and the glass, right?
and i think theres a possibly harmful gas in fluorescent tubes as wel...
-max- zack2474 years ago
The mercury. Inside flouescent tubes is a few miligrames of mercury vapor, possibly argon, and a phospher coating inside. You won't get hurt by breaking a tube or 2, but prolonged exposure to mucury is bad.
zack247 -max-4 years ago
how would i get the phosphor coating off once i get the tube apart? a brush?

and is there any way to protect myself from the mercury other than not breaking the tubes?
-max- zack2474 years ago
doing it in a well ventilated area will help, and maybe a gas-mask. although not necessary for that little mercury. and dont cut yourself with the glass.
-max- zack2474 years ago
phosphor can be obtained from florescent lights, "some" neon lights CRT TVs, (the old tube tvs) and some Chinese websites
pkrouse4 years ago
This is exciting! Quick question: how did you stick the phosphors to the wire?
-max- pkrouse4 years ago
I Think you can make a paste with it, (watter and phosper) and paint a few coats on
sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cool thats ausom
piratus4 years ago
nice !!
by the way did anyone tell you that you look like Alyson Hannigan ?!
Hugo Boom4 years ago
great instructable :D
prodigous4 years ago
You mentioned something about an experimenters kit for the EL phosphorous. I'm interested in trying this out. Where did you get the phosphorus?
cbpierce2194 years ago
I grew up watching the Mr. Wizard Show on early TV. I think you could be the Ms. Wizard of your (digital) generation - keep up the good work!
robot7974 years ago
how old are you i never have seen a girl like this kind of stuff

verry cool
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