Tools

  • EL (electro luminescent) wire - you can get this stuff online or sometimes in auto shops (its used for decoration). We suggest getting Aqua 2.3-2.6mm diameter which will appear white and is the brightest kind of EL
  • EL Inverter - we really dig the 2 x AA inverters, they're easy to use and power and can run a few meters. You'll also need 2 AA batteries of course.
  • Connectors for the Inverter - usually sold next to the inverter.
  • Soldering iron and Solder - to attach the EL wire. Available in any electronics shop, hardware store, or radio shack, etc.
  • Copper tape - you can get this at craft stores in the glassworking area
  • Wire strippers with a 18 or 20 AWG notch to strip the EL wire. Available in any electronics shop, hardware store, or radio shack, etc.
  • Wire cutters - For cutting the copper tape and EL wire. Available in any electronics shop, hardware store, or radio shack, etc.
  • Heat shrink - in 1/4" and 1/8" diameter, to protect the EL wire. Available in any electronics shop, hardware store, or radio shack, etc.
  • Ribbon or other thin stranded wire - for extending the inverter, as necessary.Available in any electronics shop, hardware store, or radio shack, etc.
  • Lighter / Heat gun / Hair drier - to shrink the heatshrink.
  • Scissors - for cutting thread.
  • "Invisible" thread - made of nylon this stuff is strong, waterproof and clear! All sewing and craft stores will have this
  • Heavy needle - make sure its large enough to thread the invisible thread, but thin and sharp enough that you can pass it through the fabric of the bag. All sewing and craft stores will have this
We have a starter pack at the adafruit shop with some EL wire, inverter and connector and other small bits you need.
This guide was first published on Jul 29, 2012. It was last updated on Jul 29, 2012. This page (Tools) was last updated on Oct 22, 2019.