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Electric Paint Puff Sensor

Experimentations with Electric Paint and puff ink

Earlier this year the team at EJ Tech blew us away with their flexible MIDI controller, and are now experimenting with Electric Paint and puff ink! They tried mixing the two materials (puff ink is normally used for printing textured surfaces onto t-shirts). This combination allowed for a puffy, conductive material that can be turned into a sensor once connected to a microcontroller such as the Touch Board.

Remember that mixing Electric Paint with another material will decrease its conductivity. Check this tutorial to see how adding water changes the performance.

Electric Paint works like any other water-based paint, except it conducts electricity.

What is Electric Paint

Diluting Electric Paint. How to do it, and what the consequences are....

A quick tutorial on diluting Electric Paint

Conductive putty made from Electric Paint, PVA glue and Borax.

Yariv Ziv’s Conductive Putty

Materials

To begin you will need:

1 x Electric Paint 50ml Jar
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Puff ink for screenprinting
Fabric
Hot Gun / Hairdryer

Step 1

Mix the Puff ink with Electric Paint in a 1:1 ratio

black paint and white material on clothpaintbrush in cup

Step 2

Apply the mixture onto your chosen surface generously – it can also be screen printed.

folded cloth on white backgorund

Step 3

Heat with the hot gun for about 3 minutes. Be carefully not to keep the gun to close to your surface or you will burn it! The surface of the paint with start to expand!

 

hair drying black paint on white clothblack puff paint on white cloth

Step 4

Check out the video to see the process in action!

Suggested Tutorials

Electric Paint works like any other water-based paint, except it conducts electricity.

What is Electric Paint

Diluting Electric Paint. How to do it, and what the consequences are....

A quick tutorial on diluting Electric Paint

Conductive putty made from Electric Paint, PVA glue and Borax.

Yariv Ziv’s Conductive Putty

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Electric Paint 10ml

Electric Paint 50ml

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Date Posted

2015/12/04

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