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  • KikiJ1 commented on JeriEllsworth's instructable Make your own EL wire at home6 months ago
    Make your own EL wire at home

    I'm trying to repeat your homemade el-wire and I'm getting nothing.First, I sprayed my core wire with clear paint, then wrapped with a tiny wire, painted on E6000, and pressed phosphors on. Not a thing. I wrapped a second wire over all that and tried to attach to that, and it didn't work either. Too much dielectric?So I tried again using (sugar free) soda to adhere the phosphors (hey, learned that trick from a neon tube bender of 35 years experienced!) So I basically had only phosphors. I wrapped the tiny wire very carefully. Still nothing. I checked for shorts both times.So then I stripped a piece of store bought el-wire and tried dragging my little wire up and down. It lights up only where the wire is, but - get this - it lights up in small contiguous patches, as if the phosphor glue ...see more »I'm trying to repeat your homemade el-wire and I'm getting nothing.First, I sprayed my core wire with clear paint, then wrapped with a tiny wire, painted on E6000, and pressed phosphors on. Not a thing. I wrapped a second wire over all that and tried to attach to that, and it didn't work either. Too much dielectric?So I tried again using (sugar free) soda to adhere the phosphors (hey, learned that trick from a neon tube bender of 35 years experienced!) So I basically had only phosphors. I wrapped the tiny wire very carefully. Still nothing. I checked for shorts both times.So then I stripped a piece of store bought el-wire and tried dragging my little wire up and down. It lights up only where the wire is, but - get this - it lights up in small contiguous patches, as if the phosphor glue had some conductance somehow.Here's a YouTube video of the store bought el-wire test.https://youtu.be/zc6zZRqKl8UIn unwrapping the tiny wire, much of the phosphors flaked off. It was pristine before. :)Please let us know what you used to adhere the phosphors. It seems to be a critical piece.("I made it!" requires a photo. Here's my coated wire before I wrapped the tiny wire around.)

    I found this quote from this web page: http://www.talkingelectronics.com/projects/Electro..."The outer wire touches an extremely thin conducting film to produce the outer electrode so an "electric field" will be produced between the inner and outer wires."That explains a lot.Is there a thin conducting layer between the phosphor and the outer wire? If so, what is it?

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