Yesterday we made an el-wire sign. El wire (electroluminescent wire) is a thin copper wire that is coated in phosphor to give a glow when AC (alternating current) is applied to it. El-Wire can be used for structure decorating, clothes,toys, emergency lighting etc.
I chose an airplane for my design, which later, I learned was a bad idea.
After sanding and wiping out any excess burnt pieces, we went to the metal bender. The metal bender bends the acrylic using heat.
For the final step, we threaded in the El-Wire onto the sign. There was a problem. To help the continuity of the circuit there were holes that were laser etched in the acrylic. However, the holes were too small to fit in the wire. Using a drill, we drilled larger holes to help the El-Wire. Next, using superglue, we glued the wire down to the acrylic piece by piece.
I had some trouble in this part because my design had a lot of places to bend the wire. However, the El-wire would only bend so far so I had to invent my own pieces. It didn’t turn out as I expected. 😦