Royal College of Art IDE Workshop: Liquid Switches
Turning LEDs on and off using Electric Paint
Last week we ran a very successful workshop with the Royal College of Art’s Innovation Design Engineering programme. 20 MA/MsC students were each given a pot of Electric Paint and a loose brief to explore the material. The outputs were fantastic!
Turn on a Paper Lamp with Electric Paint
Liquid lamps - tilt switches using Electric Paint
Conductive paint in liquid form creates droplet switches!
To begin you will need:
1 x Electric Paint 50ml
These images show a series of liquid switches all constructed using Electric Paint and baby oil.
Because Electric Paint is water based, it will congeal to itself when put into oil. Baby oil works particularly well, plus its transparent so you can see what is happening.
In each of the prototypes, a ball of Electric Paint is closing the circuit between two electrodes.
Make sure to watch the videos below.