Glowing Pickle

My overall favorite snack food is the pickle: a cucumber, soaked in vinegar and salt, left to become what we humans call a "pickle". later, I discovered that if your MICROWAVE one of these man-made wonders, it GLOWS. this isnt good enough, because you cant observe the pickle, because of the obnoxious door that blocks your vision, so I created a more visual one. apparently sending hundreds (or thousands if possible) of volts through a pickle would give it the same effects of a microwave. I originally made this project some time ago, but figuered that it would be an excellent contestant in this contest, because the contest is based on making things "GLOW", and not based on seeing how many lights you can strap onto anything. this project involves many things which i enjoy: food, electricity, and basic skills.

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Step 1: Gathering Materials and Tools

Ok, this is legitimately the hardest step, for two reasons: (1) you may have to take apart things to collect the resources. and (2) for some reason not everyone has pickles in their fridge.

Problems aside, here's our list:


1. a piece of wood OF YOUR CHOICE. (note: if you pick an unusual piece, you'll have to adjust to it.

2. a three prong cable. (I got mine from an extension cord)

3. sturdy wire. DO NOT SELECT FLIMSY WIRE.

4. wire casing (big enough to snugly fit one of the smaller wires from the three prong)

5. wood glue (and solder, if possible, but not necessary)

6. most importantly, A DILL PICKLE (note: if you do not have a pickle, then this project will fail. if you attempt to complete this project without a pickle, then you will most likely end up with a small taser)


1. a drill.

2. drill bits

3. a fire extinguisher (for the UAWKIAs*)

4. an optional soldering iron

*Under Aged Wannabe Know It Alls.

*Sorry kids, while I am a minor, I have studied, prepared, and have done many other projects before this. if you are thinking "yeah whatever" or similar, then do NOT continue.

Step 2: Prepping the Wood

Just a small thing: I took this wood from something else, so it already was prepared, yet it had some dents and a switch (which I didnt bother connecting it, but its still possible)

to give it a good look, or something like that, then do that now, and come back when its dry.

once its dry, get your drill, and drill three holes in the top, roughly in the middle, with about an inch between each. Don't drill all the way through.

then one the bottom, use the picture to guide you. however, you still should follow this:

Green wire (ground) connects to the middle. drill a hole close to the top middle hole.

black wire (positive) connects to the right side. drill a hole close to the top right hole.

white wire (neutral) connects to the side opposite of the black wire. drill a hole close to the other top hole


also drill a hole about half way into the wood; one hole in each corner.

Step 3: Cutting the Wire

okay, now for this step, youll need the sturdy wire. cut four inch-long pieces, to keep the wires off the ground once we connect them. then, cut two 3-inch pieces (sizes do not have to be exact) and one about 4-5 inches long. with the longer one, curve it into an arch-the; pickle will be resting in it.

Step 4: Putting It All Together

for this step, it all comes together. cut the wire casing into segments the length of your wood, then slide them into the three sub-middle holes. Slide all the wires into their applicable holes listed below:

Green wire (ground) connects to the middle.

Black wire (positive) connects to the right side.

White wire (neutral) connects to the side opposite of the black wire.

Now, with the three longer wires, glue the two straight ones in the side holes, and the curved one into the middle. don't be afraid to use the pictures as a reference.

once these are in place, twist or solder them to their applicable positions.

Step 5: FINISH

place the pickle onto the two long wires. they should not puncture all the way through the pickle. adjust the middle wire do it will hold the pickle in the correct position. once this happens, plug the cord into an extension cord, (for the switch, and safety) plug the extension cord into the wall, and turn it on. it will take a moment to fully light up, but BE PATIENT.


UAWKIAs, do not attempt. if you think you know what your doing, then don't do this. you are going to need to KNOW what your doing.

but please, do NOT run for long periods of time, because the pickle will begin to boil, and possibly start a fire.


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    4 Discussions

    I love this project mostly because how dangerous it is.You should probably listen to mr.kode1303.That cucumber didn't know what his life was going to be until he was stuck is a jar of vinegar then stabbed into electrical spikes.hahaThis project is dangerous be carful.

    1 reply

    its dangerous, but as long as you don't touch the pickle while in use, or you touch both spikes, then you're safe. I've touched the negative rod before, and im fine, but it does feel weird.... dont follow my example though..... dont touch it.


    7 months ago

    It should be noted, that this is HIGHLY DANGEROUS and should not be done outside a school lab under professional supervision.

    1 reply
    Epic Emukode1303

    Reply 7 months ago

    yes I have done this many times. if you leave the pickle out and it dries, then you re-use it, it sparks after awhile. #Egyptianscience but you know, its really your common sense that decides the level of danger. but yes, it is dangerous. as long as you use and extension cord, it will not cause damage to your house.