Can I use jewelry wires to make ICs?
Jun 27, 2008 at 1:47 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 15

Lil' Knight

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I've just found a store near my house that sells solid core wires to make jewelry stuffs. It's 22g and 26g and insulated.
I wonder if I can use these wires to make some ICs ?
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Jun 27, 2008 at 3:41 AM Post #2 of 15

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Insulated? I wonder what kind of insulation they have...

If it's pure silver, it would work just fine.

Though make sure it's pure. Some are meant only for jewelry, like the tarnish-free type that's some kind of alloy.
 
Jun 27, 2008 at 4:02 AM Post #4 of 15

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I've heard of people making ICs out of pure silver jeweler's wire. Getting the dielectric on them would be the hard part though. =/
 
Jun 27, 2008 at 5:07 AM Post #6 of 15

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Yeah its really easy to put on. I had a length for making an lod, and I slid the tube on the whole thing to test it. It was a few feet long, no problems.

Trouble is getting the right awg tube.
 
Jun 27, 2008 at 5:13 AM Post #7 of 15

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I've made them from silver-plated copper wire and heat shrink. It works very well.
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Jun 27, 2008 at 5:24 AM Post #10 of 15

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Quote:

Originally Posted by threEchelon /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Btw, heatshrink is a poor dielectric, and ime, it's not very flexible.


I don't move my interconnects around
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Jun 27, 2008 at 5:31 AM Post #11 of 15

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Quote:

Originally Posted by threEchelon /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Btw, heatshrink is a poor dielectric


Got any tech. on that ? I'd be interested to know why.
 
Jun 27, 2008 at 7:03 AM Post #13 of 15

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Maybe I should take a risk lol.
The wires cost me about 15$ for a roll
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Why not ?
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Over here we have a place - wires.co.uk , who sell wire for jewelery making.
I bought a sample pack of assorted silver-plated copper wire for a fiver.
I've used it for everything from ICs to the internal wiring of my balanced DAC/preamp.

Sounds superb.
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So, yes, I think it's worth a punt.
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Depends on what type of heatshrink you're talking about. I've seen teflon and PVC heatshrink before--obviously, those types of heatshrink probably perform about as well as regular insulation.


Thanks for the reply.

I'd still be interested to know why heatshrink rated at >2.5 kV is not a good dielectric for line level signals.
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( Of course, we're not dealing with extreme environments here. Just domestic Hi-Fi, so no high temps or solvents, oils etc
where PTFE etc would be needed.)
 

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