Make your own conductive fabrics, thread, glue, and tape, and use them to make potentiometers, resistors, switches, LED displays and circuits.
Using conductive glue and conductive thread you can make LED displays and circuits on any flexible fabric. They can be made flexible enough to roll up (see pic2). using the techniques presented here, you can replace solder in many instances and create circuits on almost any hard or flexible surface.
This instructable is the result of some of my experiments with making conductive materials and components. While some of the techniques shown in the following steps were not used in this particular project, they may be something you will find useful for future projects that involve conductive materials.
This instructable will show you how to:
1. Make several kinds of conductive glue, paint and ink.
2. Connect LED displays and micro controllers on fabric using conductive glue and conductive thread.
3. Make magnetic glue, a flexible potentiometer, and a magnetic plug and socket
4. Make your own conductive thread and where to find conductive thread at Wal-Mart.
5. Make conductive fabric, conductive foam, and foam switches, membrane switches and pressure sensors.
6. Make a conductive glue that will glue battery packs and eliminate the battery holder.
7. Program the 18x Picaxe micro controller to display words and numbers.