Here’s the most famous wire you’ve never heard of: Sundial Electrical Wire. It’s a cloth-covered wire that you can use for all kinds of things, but is ideal for upcycling a lighting fixture, antique appliance, radio, phonograph, or Victrola and so on. It’s braided giving it a totally retro feel. This is great if you want to restore an old electrical device to its original design, but it isn’t antique wire. It’s new, UL rated and up to codes for safety. But unlike off-the-shelf cord replacement kits Sundial is all about style. They also replicate old-school plugs—big, wide, totally graceful—love it. What I also dig is that you can use Sundial Wire to trick out pendant lights for a unique old-is-new-again look. And if your project is an old fan, well, you might find a lot more help than you think with the (not making it up) The American Fan Collectors Association. And finally, you’ll be in good company
using Sundial because movie and TV show set designers seem to be repeat customers with Sundial wire appearing in Water for Elephants, Suckerpunch, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Seabiscuit, King Kong, War of the Worlds, and dozens of other productions. Their wire has also appeared on TV: Fringe, Bones, and Heroes, among others.