Angelina Fusible Fibers With Conductive Thread




A method of attaching conductive thread to fabric.

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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!



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    19 Discussions


    Question 9 months ago on Introduction

    Do the wires have to have energy going through them?


    3 years ago

    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.


    4 years ago on Introduction


    I loved this instructable… I was hoping If you could send it to my email?


    7 years ago on Introduction

    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!!!


    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


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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!)


    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    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 :)

    wannadancLynne Bruning

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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

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

    Lynne Bruningwannadanc

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    gmjhoweLynne Bruning

    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    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


    9 years ago on Introduction

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

    Lynne Bruningpinemom

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.


    10 years ago on Introduction

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