Conductive fabric is a fabulous product for eTextile design, but it is not always aesthetically pleasing.
This is a method of creating your own conductive fabric from fusible fibers that will compliment your design project.

I was sent some thread samples that were unable to be used in a sewing machine or by hand sewing.  The samples also has a resistance that was to high to be useful for eTextiles.  So, I made a new eTextile fabric that solves a design problem I was having while using up supplies in my studio.

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Step 1: Parts

conductive fibers - I used Shieldex 235/34 that came with my thread samples.
Angelina Fibers

Step 2: Layer #1

Place a piece of paper on surface you can iron on.
Spread a thin layer of Angelina Fibers on the paper.
'Shred' your conductive thread into fibers - I used 10 strands 15" long.
Place conductive fibers on top of the Angelina Fibers.
Place another layer of Angelina Fibers on top of the conductive fibers.

Step 3: Repeat

Repeat layers until you have the fabric and conductivity that you require for your project.

For this example I used four layers of conductive fiber and five layers of Angelina Fiber.
Each layer is 10 15" strands.

Step 4: Fuse the Fabric

Place another piece of paper on top of your fibers.
With a warm iron fuse the fibers together.
Keep the iron moving.
Flip the paper and iron from the other side.
Once cooled, peel the paper from the fibers.

Step 5: Testing, Testing 1,2,3

Test the fabric with a multimeter.

For my examples:
Conductive stainless steel thread on its own: 4 ohms.
The same stainless steel thread preserved as single strands in the Angelina Fibers: 5 ohms.
Fiberous conductive thread taught and loose: 145 ohms and 250 ohms respectively.
Fiberous conductive thread fused with Angelina Fibers: 5 ohms.

Step 6: Creating the Look and Resistance You Desire

It is possible to vary the amount of non-conductive fibers with conductive fibers resulting in one side of the fabric being conductive and the other non-conductive.
Soooo many uses....Very cool,thank you for sharing!
&nbsp;non-woven = how about wool felt? ... handmade, that is ...&nbsp;<br /> <br /> In much the same way as you made your sample with the angelina, you could alternate various thin layers of wool/ angelina/ conductive fibres. &nbsp;The felting process would bind all the fibres together, and with thin layers the contacts would be maintained. &nbsp;<br /> <br /> Although to create a wearable fabric there would be a 20-30% shrinkage factor, and maybe some textural/ dimensional change, would this be a problem or an added benefit?<br /> <br /> <br />
sweet spiralfelt welcome to I'bles!<br /> <br /> heatbondable angelina fibers only bond to each other.&nbsp; this is why its important to have conductive fibers dispersed thru the angelina fibers.&nbsp; So all the layers mesh together.<br /> <br /> there are also non-bondable angelina fibers that could be added to the felting process to make a sparkly conductive wool felt.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> a similar project is already in the works so please stay tuned.<br /> <br />
&nbsp;Ahh! &nbsp;interesting ... I've made sparkly [not sparky] felt, but didn't know there were 2 kinds of angelina fibres. &nbsp;Will read the labels more closely next time.<br /> <br /> So would incorporating heat-bondable angelina + conductive fibres in felt, then ironing the finished felt using an Elnapress work, or does the heat have to be really high [as for burnout]?<br /> <br /> will certainly stay tuned for your felt project.<br />
I am in search of other heat-bondable&nbsp; and non-woven fibers that will be more durable, yet still fashionable.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> Any ideas please???
Uh...&nbsp; Plastic bags?<br /> ...<br /> Emergency blankets?<br /> ...<br /> Nylon?<br /> <br /> <br /> I think I got the &quot;heat-bondable&quot; material list, but the &quot;non-woven fibers&quot; and &quot;fashionable&quot; material lists need work...<br />
What about those iron on patches that people use to patch up holes in jeans?&nbsp; Maybe looking into those might help.<br /> <br /> From a non-crafter point of view, they look like they have a layer of heat-bondable plastic on denim (or is it a kind of plastic fabric?)...&nbsp; You could maybe get a similar effect by fusing plastic bags to denim (is that even possible?)...<br />
Good try robotguy!&nbsp; Plastic bags fuse to plastic bags not other materials.&nbsp; You can sandwich a material in between layers of plastic bags, but the material does not stick to the the bags.<br /> <br /> The material on the back of the appliques can be purchased in stores its referred to as<a href="http://store.quilting-warehouse.com/batting---interfacing-fusibleweb.html" rel="nofollow"> fusible web</a>.&nbsp; You can see my Instuctable on <a href="https://www.instructables.com/id/Fused_Fabric_with_Conductive_Thread/" rel="nofollow">fused electricall circuits</a> for more information.<br />
Oooo, conductive!&nbsp; And shiny!&nbsp; What more could you want?
Does this new fabric hold up to being sewn on a sewing machine?&nbsp; Does it need to be treated differently in any way?<br />
In the intro it says:<br /> &quot;'Getting creative with conductive thread samples that are useless for sewing'&quot;
Ah, so it does, but then the goal should be to make them useful!&nbsp; This instructable does just that.&nbsp; Hopefully, by somehow attaching it to a stronger backer fabric, it can be useful after all.<br />
I didn't say you couldn't do it!<br />
Who, me?&nbsp; ;)&nbsp; Maybe if I think of something cool to make with it...&nbsp; Hmmm...<br />
When life gives you lemons make lemon aide!<br /> <br /> Yes, I was sent some thread samples that were unable to be used in a sewing machine or by hand sewing.&nbsp; The samples also has a resistance that was to high to be useful for eTextiles.&nbsp; <br /> <br /> So, I made a new eTextile fabric that solves a design problem I was having while using up supplies in my studio.<br />
Well, that is a nice use of samples!&nbsp; I suggest getting more and keep experimenting!<br />
This sample is created with Angelina Fibers, therefore it is much more fragile than an everyday fabric.&nbsp; I have used Angelina FIbers to create three wearable art pieces. They are fragile, but are still in great shape after multiple fittings and runway shows.<br /> <br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/62XNww" rel="nofollow">1950's Poof</a><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/5PmNX4" rel="nofollow">Mrs. Mary Atkins-Holl</a><br /> <a href="http://bit.ly/7316Qt" rel="nofollow">Samauri Angel</a><br /> <br /> Yes, you can make the conductive fabric and then sew it to another piece of fabric.&nbsp; I&nbsp;have not tried glue....yet.<br /> <br /> I believe you could use this method as everyday wear in small amounts, say for a switch or accent on an eTextile garment.<br /> <br />

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