Neon Fallout Sign

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Introduction: Neon Fallout Sign

About: G'day everyone. I'm make random things

This tutorial will show you how to make a cool neon sign. You can do any shape, design or words you can think of. You could even do it in multiple colours.

I chose to do a Fallout themed neon sign in a light blue.

Supplies:

Materials:

  • El wire - you can get this from ebay or amazon. Just search "el wire", "LED rope" or "LED flex" - keep in mind it is not an LED light but some sellers list it that way. It cost me about $4 for 5 meters. They come in a variety of colours and sizes. I used 5 meters but 6 meters would've been better. IT depends on your design.
  • Hot glue
  • A back board - I used 4 x pieces of pallet timber

Tools:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Drill with small drill bit
  • Screwdriver and screws - to join the pallet wood. Not needed of your using one large piece of plywood.

Step 1: Print or Trace Your Design

Find a cool design and either print it or trace it if you don't have any printer ink like me ;)

Step 2: Prepare Your Backboard

I used 4 pieces of pallet timber and joined them by screwing them into 2 smaller pieces of wood as shown in the picture above.

You can use anything as a backboard instead such as plywood, mdf, etc.

Step 3: Trace Your Design Onto the Backboard

Cut out your design and trace around it onto your backboard. Keep cutting and tracing until your whole design has been transferred onto the wood.

Step 4: Plan Where the LED Rope Will Be Threaded

Depending on your design, you need to plan where you will be threading and gluing your El wire.

As it comes in one continuous length, draw your design on a spare piece of paper with one continuous line. Decide where you will need to drill holes as you may need to reach areas of the design which aren't connected to any other lines. for this, you will want your rope to be hidden behind the board and then visible again just for those specific lines. Referring to the next steps will make more sense.

Step 5: Drill the Holes

Referring to your plan, drill out all of the holes where the El wire will be threaded through.

Step 6: Start Threading and Gluing

Thread the El wire through your starting hole and start to glue it down along your design lined that you drew on. If you need to jump to a separate line, thread it down through a hole and back up again at the start of the new line. Continue until your design is complete.

Step 7: Hang on the Wall

Hot glue the battery pack and switch somewhere on the back edge then you're all set to hang the sign on the wall.

Well done and enjoy your new neon wall sign.

Thanks again.

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    22 Discussions

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    bryans workshop
    bryans workshop

    11 months ago

    Very nice! I'm going to give this a try!

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    mrwizard4570
    mrwizard4570

    1 year ago

    Mine isn't quite as big. But 5 meters was plenty

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    lampe.marco
    lampe.marco

    Reply 1 year ago

    Looks really great. Where did you got the Fallout Logo from? Could not find any suitable logo but would be great if you can share yours.
    Thanks

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    mrwizard4570
    mrwizard4570

    Reply 1 year ago

    The template I used.

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    Crow Builds
    Crow Builds

    Reply 1 year ago

    That is so cool!! Good work!

    also another tip.. i re-enforced the whole thing with super glue as hot glue had trouble holding some parts. Maybe i'll edit that part in.

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    brandg
    brandg

    1 year ago

    Could you give a link or search term for the LED strip? I can't find it on Amazon or EBay.

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    Crow Builds
    Crow Builds

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hey sorry i had it wrong It's called "el wire" try searching that

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    brandg
    brandg

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

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    brandg
    brandg

    Reply 1 year ago

    Wonderful! Thank you for that.

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    Yogi5631
    Yogi5631

    1 year ago

    Nice work! I was told that the wire you used has a limited operating life?

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    frarugi87
    frarugi87

    1 year ago

    Since you confirm these are EL wires, please fix the instructable... EL wire is not LED
    Regarding the instructable, thank you. I have an EL wire string and now I know what I can do with it ;)

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    awall99
    awall99

    1 year ago

    Great job, love el-wire.

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    Droidac
    Droidac

    1 year ago

    Can you share a link to the LED strip that you used?

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    Crow Builds
    Crow Builds

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hey sorry i had it wrong. It's called "el wire" try searching that

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    MuuSer
    MuuSer

    1 year ago

    Ahoy! Nice project, but no need to confuse visitors. This is not LED
    rope. There is nothing to do with LED technology. It's called EL wire or
    electroluminescent wire and works with other principles than LED.

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    Crow Builds
    Crow Builds

    Reply 1 year ago

    You are absolutely right. It was the first time i came across this stuff and the ebay seller had it listed as led rope. Thanks for the info and i'll update the post for future viewers :)

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    zakbobdop
    zakbobdop

    1 year ago

    I didn't know it was LED... It looked so smooth!