Make Your Own 5pf Capacitors!

Here’s a extremely simple tutorial on building your own five pico farad (5pf) capacitor:






– Insulated wire (24-gauge, stranded or unstranded) 


That’s it!  Simply twist the two wires together – six or seven times will do the trick – and voila!, you have entered the dark art of making your own capacitors!


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All you need is an inchworm of wire.

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Two examples of 5pf capacitors. They kind of look like the Einsturzede Neubauten dude…










Wanna check to see if you’re little twisting shenanigans have capacitance?  Bring on the multimeter, an essential tool on your work bench.  Adjust your multimeter to read ohms, making sure that it also displays your output in farads.


Essentially, a capacitor only consists of two metal plates separated by an insulator.  The insulation of our 24-gauge wire acts as a buffer between two pieces of copper from making a completely closed connection from the shortest path.


When you’re finished, celebrate your wondrous five pico farad capacitor-making skills with your capacity to eat some delicious pico de galloOlé!






DIYaudiocircuits Pico de Gallo recipe:




Our capacitance for tasty pico shows no resistance!



1) 4  tomatoes, finely chopped
2) 1 small white onion, finely chopped
3) 1/2 cup cilantro leaf, chopped
4) 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and finely chopped
5) 1 tablespoon lime juice
6) 3 cloves of garlic, finely diced
7)  salt (to taste)
8)  tortilla chips







1)  Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl until the mixture is uniform.


2)  Refrigerate until chilled.


3)  Serve.  (And beware of bits of solder falling into your pico if you’re working!)


4)  The pico degrades fairly quickly.  Two days maximum, but you can always disguise the flavor by adding it to your favorite burrito!






But wait, you’re not satisfied with just 5 measly pico farads? Check out our future guides for making your own high-powered capacitors out of everyday objects!