# Is there a way to make your own conductive thread for wearable electronics?

I am a poor student, was wondering if anyone has any home-brew recipes for making conductive thread for use in wearable electronics?

• Step 1: Find a conductive sheep or conductive cotton plant. Step 2: Extract the fibers from said conductive fiber source. Step 3: Spin conductive fibers into conductive thread. – davr Dec 15 '09 at 0:40
• How much iron do the sheep need in their diet to make steel wool? – endolith Dec 18 '09 at 21:23

150 yards of conductive thread is only $20 at sparkfun. • oh wow, I thought it was way more expensive than that. Can you solder to it? – Allan Oct 31 '09 at 0:43 • Most conductive threads can not be soldered to. Instead connections are made by tying them to components. Instead you sew the thread around the components to make a connection. See this instructable for the general idea: instructables.com/id/STN40TRFMMCYRFD – Andrew S. Parnell Nov 1 '09 at 2:25 • I just came across another method that claims to work really well, where you get metal beads (at a bead / craft store) and crimp them to the thread. Then solder the bead. Found here: kobakant.at/DIY/?p=1720 – Andrew S. Parnell Nov 1 '09 at 3:32 Instructables has a post on how to create conductive thread using very fine wire and thread, that combined together to create a strong, low resistance thread. The principle idea is that you spin the the thread and the fibre together. As Andrew Parnell said, 150 yards of conductive thread is only$20 at sparkfun.