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So you know how you can create an electromagnet by winding copper into a solenoid around a metal nail and sending current through it?

Is it possible to do this with conductive thread instead of copper?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ If the conductive thread is just strands of bare metal, not coated with any insulation, then it won't be a good choice for magnet winding because the turns will short-circuit. Maybe consider trying a very fine gauge of magnet wire, since it's already got suitable enamel coating to prevent shorts, and is very fine and supple like a thread. \$\endgroup\$ – MarkU Mar 3 '17 at 9:56
  • \$\begingroup\$ Yes, but poorly. Conductive thread is likely to have such a high resistance that the current will be weak and you won't even be able to feel the magnetic force (though a compass might detect it). \$\endgroup\$ – Brian Drummond Mar 3 '17 at 11:26
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Yes, it is possible to make an electromagnet with anything that conducts electricity.

Copper tends to be higher conductivity than thread, so needs less power.

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