Flexible Aluminum Electroluminescent Display - No Transparent Conductor Needed

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Introduction: Flexible Aluminum Electroluminescent Display - No Transparent Conductor Needed

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How to make a flexible display with aluminum foil, EL phosphors and a simple electrolytic etching bath.

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    Jake Turner
    Jake Turner

    7 years ago on Introduction

    I'll be trying my hand at this soon Jeri, I have a lot of ideas for custom EL displays and can't afford to simply cut up EL panels into what I need. Would you care to watch a video of mine and give me some feedback? In it, I demonstrate 100hz-reactive EL ribbon on a top hat with audio input processed by Arduino, using a resistor-capacitor filter to isolate the 100hz audio band, an LM386 IC to create the line level voltage, and a transistor to switch the EL supply on and off. Crude, but effective.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBboYlzd4CM

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    urijiii
    urijiii

    7 years ago on Introduction

    какойто развод...........показать показала а попробовать не даёт...........

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    RubikAdams
    RubikAdams

    7 years ago on Introduction

    Where I can buy the kind of white sand? that you add at the end.

    And congratulations for the projects and the technical illusions!!

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    SUNDERSHIVAH
    SUNDERSHIVAH

    10 years ago on Introduction

    And one more thing i want this idea to the next level i need the assistance how many watts the layer per cm square is consumed? and how can the brightness of light can improved????

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    SUNDERSHIVAH
    SUNDERSHIVAH

    10 years ago on Introduction

    Very nice efforts what are the other alternative illuminating ink please let me know... thanks... oh i like positive approach of seeing thinks !!!!

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    Dain Unicorn
    Dain Unicorn

    10 years ago on Introduction

    That offers so many possibilities, and your use of an erstwhile warning sticker is resonating with me. This along with EL wire might be a suitable means to offer low/no-light guidence, and since there is current flow it could be tested for my automated devices as well.

    Bravo, very well done.

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    Geek++
    Geek++

    10 years ago on Introduction

    This is so kewl that it forced me to get an account just so I could tell you that. lol Awesome stuff!

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    conundrum2142
    conundrum2142

    11 years ago on Introduction

    this should also work with an ultrasound cleaner to porate the aluminium.
    not as well but just takes a bit longer.

    -A

    This is so cool! I have got to try and make something with that electroluminescent phosphorous!
    Please tell me, where can you get it?!

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    angel91250
    angel91250

    11 years ago on Introduction

    Good job.
    Does it require high voltage AC supply?

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    angel91250
    angel91250

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    NONONO...What you said is electrolysis(video 1:05). But what I want to know is...how could she make it emit light(video 2:10)?

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    dark sponge
    dark sponge

    Reply 11 years ago on Introduction

    No, that's just for the etching. For actually powering it, I'm pretty sure it uses a HV AC power supply.

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    hogtowner
    hogtowner

    11 years ago on Introduction

    That is just the COOLEST thing I have been e-mailed in a long time!!!

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    dacker
    dacker

    11 years ago on Introduction

    A fantastic example of true science, turning a failure into something new, useful, and creative.

    Like Post-It notes, microwaves for cooking, Teflon, and penicillin.

    How about a bill of materials and suggested sources?