Introduction: El Wire Clock

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In this el wire clock instructable I will be showing you how to make a el wire clock using a old bell style clock.
For this project you will need:
1. A old bell style alarm clock
2. 2 feet of a color of your choice el wire(with connecter already soldered)
3. 3 feet of a color of your choice el wire
4. A el wire inverter
5. Tape
6. Screw driver
7. Drill
8. Drill bits
9. Hot glue gun
10. Hot glue sticks

Step 1: Taking the Guts Out

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Unscrew the screws and remove the cover, then take off the bells and the legs so the unit will come out. Carefully remove the clock unit, and set aside.

Step 2: Installing the El Wire Around the Clock

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Start by drilling two holes next to each other on the top, feed the el wire through the first hole, then using hot glue make a circle around the clock and feed the wire through the second hole. Now secure the wire to the back with more hot glue.

Step 3: Drilling the Holes for the Numbers and Installing the El Wire

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Start by drilling one hole at the begining of the number and one at the end, but for the numbers eight and ten just drill two holes right next to each other. Next you need to attach the two different colors of el wire together by soldering the angel hair wires and the main phosphorus coated wire together and cover with tape.  Now just feed the el wire through the first hole, bend the el wire to the correct shape, and feed it through the last hole, do that all the way around. Just check the clock hands now to make sure their not bent or anything like that, then reinstall the guts, drill a hole in the cover, feed the end of the el wire with the connecter on it through the hole, and attach the inverter. Enjoy.


Ralphxyz (author)2015-12-06

How are you terminating the pieces of EL wire or are you running one single strand?

naveed.ali.1806 (author)2015-01-22

can you give me your private e-mail please?

tomx63 (author)2013-06-20

Really cool looking! Great job!

ElectricFeel (author)2011-11-07

Well done. The clock turned out great. What would be cool to see is a sequencer to illuminate the clock based on the time as well. You get into a whole new realm of problems, but it would be neat to see!

splazem (author)2011-09-04

El wire is awesome! Great job!

steven123 (author)splazem2011-09-04

Thank you

splazem (author)steven1232011-09-05


3366carlos (author)2011-08-31

Very nice !

azmash (author)2011-08-31

Nice! Thank you

Hornetsy (author)2011-08-30

I tried this but it did not work at all.I'm a little disappointed but, what can I do

SHIFT! (author)2011-08-24

This is Amazing- love the concept! I'm going to work on this, think this would look great on my flashlight alarm clock.

steven123 (author)SHIFT!2011-08-24

Thank you

frank26080115 (author)2011-08-23

it'll be nice if you can figure out a way to light up the hands

steven123 (author)frank260801152011-08-23

I tried to but I could not figure out a way.

frank26080115 (author)steven1232011-08-23

You should paint the hands with glow-in-the-dark paint then

steven123 (author)frank260801152011-08-23

Thanks for the idea.

ChrysN (author)2011-08-23


steven123 (author)ChrysN2011-08-23

Thank you

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