One way to find interesting conductive textiles for your wearables projects is to bring your
multimeter to the fabric store. Let’s go!
Look! It’s totally the fabric store, I swear!
Set your multimeter to continuity mode, so it beeps whenever there’s an electrical
connection between the probes.
Many of the metallic-looking fabrics we found were actually printed with sparkly ink, or
woven with a tinsel-like shiny plastic.
Metallic looking, but not metallic being… sadly enough.
We had some luck in the trims section where we found some chain link and metal beads.
These materials have applications as capacitive touch buttons, but probably don’t have good
enough continuity to power any LEDs.
Is it just in here, though? I wanna find, like, some continuity down the roll, c’mon!
The multimeter is also handy for determining if your metal notions are clear-coated or
Since these sewing materials were never intended to carry an electrical current or signal,
their quirks may determine how they can be used in your circuit. This iridescent material,
for example, has conductive fibers woven in one direction only, so to make it into a good
captouch pad I’ll stitch a few paths of conductive thread to connect all those fibers.
We hope this helps you get creative on your next shopping trip! If you’ve got requests
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