Before I succeeded I had several failures. My first attempt at creating a light project involved stripping a coaxial cable to its individual parts.
I then dissected the internal cable into segements to use as a power wire .
The next step was to solder an led to each segment and encase it in hot glue while leaving the ground exposed
I attempted to use the wire mesh as a ground casing, but failed. It couldn't carry the current well enough.
I cut off the mesh and tried to wrap a braided copper wire (stolen from a lamp by the dumpster) to use as the ground instead. It worked!
I wasn't happy with the brightness of the led's, so I gave them nine volts. "crackle pop pip zap" dead.....time to try again