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El Wire Jewellery Project

Discussion in 'General Electronics Discussion' started by Canofsky, May 28, 2010.

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  1. Canofsky


    May 28, 2010
    Hi All,

    You'll have to be patient with me because I'm a complete electronics novice.

    I'm trying to incorporate some Elwire - electroluminescent wire - in to a jewellery project.
    To glow the Elwire will need a battery pack and an inverter.
    I plan to use a lithium watch battery and button inverter to supply the alternating current needed by the wire.
    Lithium Coin Cell, 3V
    Tiny "Button" Inverter; 1.5v, 7Khz, Constant, up to 1.5ft; Dim: 1/4"w x 3/8"h

    I want the battery/ inverter casing to be as small a possible so it is wearable with a necklace without being uncomfortable.

    So here are my questions:
    1 - Do I solder the output of the battery holder to the inverter using some connecting wire then the output of the inverter to the Elwire?

    2 - Should I try to find a battery holder that will use two lithium batteries in series to improve the strength of the charge? If I can find a battery holder that would stack lithium batteries I should be able to keep it small.

    3 - If I create a metal casing for the battery holder and inverter can I add a reed switch into the mix so that a magnetic fastening will trigger the power flow?

    As you can see I'm starting from scratch so all ideas would be appreciated.

    Many thanks,

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