Make a string of glowing lights that you can dance with, read by, or wear.
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Step 1: Here's What You Need to Make a Glow Stick!
Battery snap cap
A string of ornamental lights (that can be destroyed)
Step 2: Cut Off the Electric Plug That Has the Two Prongs
NOTE: MAKE SURE THE LIGHTS ARE NOT PLUGGED IN WHEN DOING THIS.
Cut as close to the plug as you can.
Step 3: Cut Off Four Bulbs
Cut the wire as close to the fifth bulb as possible so you have about three inches of wire at each end of the string.
Step 4: Separate the Wires
Hold the first bulb. Find the plastic-coated wire it is connected to.
Untwist that wire from the others. You’ll end up with one wire with four bulbs attached.
Step 5: Strip the Ends of the Wire
Strip off the plastic coating so you have about ¾ of an inch of exposed metal wire at each end.
Be careful not to press the wire strippers so hard that you cut through the metal wire.
Step 6: Pop a Snap Cap Onto the 9-volt Battery
Both snap cap wires should have about ½ inch of exposed metal wire at the end. Strip them if necessary.
Step 7: Make a Connection
Twist together one metal wire from the light string and one of the snap cap’s metal wires.
Use tape to make a solid connection.
Step 8: Complete the Circuit
Complete the circuit by attaching the other two exposed wires as in Step 7.
Step 9: Test the Circuit
Does your glow stick light up? If not, press on the connections inside the tape. Also make sure you have a fresh battery.
Step 10: Dance!
Step 11: Did You Know?
A circuit is a path along which electricity can travel. When you connect the wires from the lights to the wires on the snap cap, you’ve made a circuit. When all parts of the circuit are connected, electricity flows from the battery to the lights and back to the battery, making your glow stick glow!
Make jewelry. Wearable light? Yes! Use different-length light strings for different pieces.
Dance in the Dark. For a very dramatic effect, take your glow stick into a dark space.
Make a longer glow stick. Use two 9-volt batteries in series to power up even more bulbs for a super-long glow stick. To wire in series, connect the red wire of one snap cap to the black wire of a second snap cap. Then connect the light string to the two open wires.