How to Make Conductive Fabric

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Need some conductive fabric in a hurry? You can make your own to test some projects with this quick hand-made solution.

Materials: Fusible fabric Aluminium foil Scissors/rotary blade Ruler Iron

Step 1: CUT STRIPS OF FUSIBLE FABRIC

Cut strips of fusible fabric in equally sized pairs. Place the strips on a heat-resistant surface, like a conventional ironing board. Make sure the sides with the glue are facing up.

Step 2: Add Aluminum Strips

Place strips of aluminium foil on the glue side of one of the strips of fusible fabric.

Step 3: Iron

Place the second strip of fusible fabric on top of the foil. ***Ensure that the glue sides are both facing inwards & touching the foil. Slide an iron gently over the top of the fusible fabric, just enough for the fabric to glue together.

Step 4: Cut Strips to Size/Shape

Use a metal ruler and a rotary cutter or scissors to cut out your conductive shapes. And ta da! You have your own hand-made conductive fabric. Just connect the strips with alligator clips to test.

Step 5: Connect

And ta da! You have your own hand-made conductive fabric for use in wearable projects. Just connect it with alligator clips to test.

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    ThunderLilyNYCaudreyobscura

    Reply 3 days ago

    Thank you, I wanted to come up with a solution that was easy to make rather than buying expensive materials. It is at the very least a solution that can be used for testing circuits before maybe using more pricey materials.