Introduction: Angelina Fusible Fibers With Conductive Thread

A method of attaching conductive thread to fabric.

Want more eTextile How-To DIY eTextile videos, tutorials and projects?
Then visit The eTextile Lounge!

Step 1:

Place fusible fibers on a piece of paper

Step 2:

Layer more fusible fibers

Step 3:

Place conductive thread on top of fusible fibers.

Step 4:

Layer more fusible fibers on top of conductive threads

Step 5:

Test conductive threads with a voltmeter to see if they are touching and shorting the circuit

Step 6:

Place a piece of paper on top of fusible fibers and conductive thread

Step 7:

Iron on hot setting for about 30 seconds

Step 8:

Peal back the top paper.
All fibers should be fused together.
If not put the paper back on the fibers and iron some more.

Step 9:

Remove fused fibers from other piece of paper

Step 10:

Test the conductive threads with a voltmeter to be sure there is a circuit

Step 11:

Make something groovalicious!

Comments

author
etal00 (author)2015-09-27

Oo, Oo, i have an idea on how to use this, but want to test it out first. It will be some time before i get it done.

author
itzzzza (author)2015-02-12

Hello:

I loved this instructable… I was hoping If you could send it to my email?
itzzzza@hotmail.com

author
pooh1485 (author)2012-03-08

I agree with DIY GUY this is a very useful instructable, just wait someone will have a great idea and thisprocess will top it off. great work!!!

author
chosenone3 (author)2008-11-06

so whats the point of making this ? (maybe i will make this if you have a good use of this)

author
Lynne Bruning (author)chosenone32008-11-06

It's method of attaching conductive thread to a garment or whatever you may want.

author
chosenone3 (author)Lynne Bruning2008-11-07

Ok than nice instructable but i dont think this will be usefull for me i guess (well maybe later when i will think what could i use it for) for instructible 4.5/5 for everything clean and clear :D

author
DIY-Guy (author)chosenone32011-10-23

When a person has an idea for a "soft" circuit (LEDs for night safety, dance clothes with a built in lightshow, etc.) they will find this instructable VERY usefull to learn the techniques of placing wiring into fabric.

This fits the concept of Do-It-Yourself very well. Thank you Lynne for teaching us the necessary small steps. Everyone needs to learn how to strip wires and solder before they make a their first circuit, you're doing a very good job of instructing us about all the different methods. 

I'm storing this idea in my brain until some creative design emerges. Already mentioned were lighted clothes for night safety, and lightshow clothes for parties... how about touch sensors for music synthesizers built into clothing? (I'd only let my wife play the music of dancing together if I were wearing a synth-shirt, nobody else!)

author
chosenone3 (author)DIY-Guy2011-10-23

Thanks for replying after 3 years, I have't been active much lately.
I still have no need to wire up my clothes or anything else in that matter, but the idea is interesting, if I only had an idea of what to make with it :)

author
Lynne Bruning (author)2008-11-06

Thanks! Stay tuned and get your thinking cap on.....lots of up loads over the weekend.

author
wannadanc (author)Lynne Bruning2008-11-07

I, too, am trying to figure out what one DOES with this conductive thread ...I see it in several postings here - and I admit to being something of a dinosaur. I am just wondering "why" one would make this, why would I attach conductive threads to garments? I am not being facetious - but does one carry a battery pack - and then run a current through the wire - and then........? Thanks

author
porcupinemamma (author)wannadanc2010-07-21

i'm clueless, but I think it's beautiful!! i would love to try it. I'll go to the links you suggested. Thanks

author

Do It! It will be fabulous!

author
Lynne Bruning (author)wannadanc2008-11-14

You got it!

This winner project is a fabulous example of what you can make with a bit of conductive thread, LEDs, hardware and a battery pack.
Bike Signal Hoodie

And please look at Plusea. She is doing amazing work with eTextiles.

And there is soooooo much more. Give eTextile a google.

author
gmjhowe (author)Lynne Bruning2008-11-06

cool, i will keep an eye out

btw, if you want to reply to someones comment, you can do so by clicking the reply button in the bottom right of their comment! that way they know to check back here

author
pinemom (author)2009-12-18

yeah probably to fragile for BRC, But we have a lot of local functions here in Reno!

author
pinemom (author)2009-12-17

WEEEEEEEEE!~ Very Burner friendly!!!

author
Lynne Bruning (author)pinemom2009-12-18

Angelina Fiber is very fragile.  I used it in project Mrs. Mary Atkins-Holl.  Go thru the entire flicker set to understand how to make the fabric.  This is stunning, but to delicate for BRC.

Also see this video of, Samurai Angel, a piece from 2006. About 41 seconds in the black light punches the angelina fibers.  fun!

You might want to think about fusible webbing and a translucent fabric with angelina fibers sandwiched in te middle.

author
gmjhowe (author)2008-11-06

Nice work! any idea of something that could be made from this?