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October 27th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Highly experimental, very simple creation illuminated with EL wire.  


Completion date: 26/10/2011
Power: 12V (external transformer)

I have a soft spot for LEGO creations with working lights in them, which is why I started to experiment with an EL wire – basically, a wire that works like a single huge LED while being elastic available in various colours and lengths (that can be cut if needed). Even being a LEGO purist, I realize there is absolutely no way to achieve even a remotely similar effect with LEGO parts – hence the experiment.

I wanted to try integrating the wire into something, just to test how elastic is it, how far can it be shaped and how well does it “sit” with LEGO pieces. Being a fan of Razer gaming products, I caught a sudden inspiration to build a 1:1 model of a fictional Razer-inspired headset. Hence the name, because Razer names its products after animals, the headsets are named after aquatic ones, primarily sharks, so Oxyrinchus is a Latin name of one of the sharks species.

The creation was extremely simple, to the point of being crude, but it allowed me to test both the wire and my camera while taking photos of a MOC illuminated this way against a black backdrop. It was therefore an opportunity to get some valuable experience, but it had absolutely no functions beyond that – hence the “expert headset for hearing inner voices” caption 🙂


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  1. Sariel
    November 5th, 2011 at 20:19 | #1

    It’s about half stud thick.

  2. Kenneth
    November 5th, 2011 at 19:19 | #2

    Whats the thickness of the EL wire your using becuase im finding it in alot of diffrent sizes other than that im seeing alot of cool creations in the furure using this El wire

  3. Sariel
    November 1st, 2011 at 11:07 | #3

    No, it doesn’t barely glow. I don’t know about 12V trains, I never used them.

  4. November 1st, 2011 at 10:28 | #4

    Dose the EL wire barely glow at 9v? And what about the old 12v trains? I don’t know much about them or if it will work but still a possibility.

  5. Mike
    October 27th, 2011 at 21:36 | #5

    😀 at first I thought it was some future bike 🙂 definetely creative. This EL wire would look good on some future-theme vehicle, provided you can make it work without the plug…

  6. October 27th, 2011 at 10:12 | #6

    That is really quite cool, but what you should do is get some el-cheapo headphones and cut it open and get the actual speakers out and put them in this! As for the EL wire, I’m fairly sure that photo battery’s are 12v in about the same size as aa batterys. Photo battery’s:

  7. Sariel
    October 27th, 2011 at 08:40 | #7

    There’s plenty of those at eBay.

  8. October 27th, 2011 at 03:24 | #8

    That is awesome! Where did you get a lego sized EL wire
    You should make something from tron legacy 🙂

  9. Sariel
    October 27th, 2011 at 00:13 | #9

    None taken. It’s odd indeed.

  10. shawn
    October 27th, 2011 at 00:11 | #10

    that is a very, let me think a moment………………got it, a very odd creation. No offense intended.

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