EL wire is the latest hit in the world of lighted signs. It is easy to use, extremely durable and more than just affordable. Even better, it comes in a variety of colors and sizes. It is useful because it allows you to write anything you want and transfer into a sign. However, a few more items will be needed. EL Wire Neon Sign DIY kit includes:
- An acrylic piece of a board. The size depends on the quote you want.
- EL wire kit in the color you prefer. Usually, 30 feet are enough for 15 medium-sized characters.
- Drill and ¼ drill bits.
- Duct tape.
- Super glue.
- Dry erase marker.
Print the quote you prefer and use a marker to dry it on the board. Be careful, but don’t try too hard. There are a lot of ways to do this, even using Microsoft Word to create a pattern which will help you to transfer the quote on the board.
Drill holes at specific positions. In essence, you will have to use EL wire kit to write the letters you want. Each letter should have entering and exiting point. Points where EL wire enters the board and exits. Always secure at the back side the wire with the duct tape. Secure it in many places as you can.
Use the super glue in order to secure the power pack of the EL wire kit. Keep in mind that it should be secured at all conditions, so you can even try something new in order to secure it properly.
Important facts to consider
Using the EL Wire Neon Sign DIY kit is very simple. As you can see, no more than 30 minutes are needed, in order to create an amazing sign that is simply perfect in any way. However, there are some things to consider. The first one is the flexibility of the EL wire. A bigger one, 5mm cannot be used to make 90 degrees angles. A smaller one, 2.5mm can be bent more, but it still cannot be used for 90 degrees angles. This is the main reason why most EL wire signs are straightforward. If you force the wire into forming a shape it cannot, you will get a black spot. It is a huge issue that may compromise the entire appearance of the sign.
Some letters are more complicated to write, such as K. It requires 4 holes and it is still very hard to get properly. There are only two possibilities. The first one is to practice, a lot, on the old acrylic board and the second one is to use superglue in order to force the EL wire into the desired position. Using the glue is a permanent alternative, so it should be taken lightly into consideration.
The end part is the placing the sign on the wall. You can create simple holders at the back and hang it, or you can use fixings in order to place it on the wall, permanently.