100% Stainless Steel Conductive Fiber. Fibers are 6.5 microns in diameter. This fiber is composed of grade 316L stainless steel, a medical and food-preparation grade metal and will NOT rust.
This fiber is surprisingly soft! It can be spun directly into yarn, blended with other fibers, or used in needle felting. It does’t take much of this metal fiber in your blend to add conductive ability to your yarn or textile. Now you can make your own “texting gloves” and so much more! The conductive properties of the stainless steel fibers also lend themselves to use in e-textiles. Stainless steel is not magnetic.
After testing several samples of this fiber, it was determined that the 6.5 micron stainless steel is the best fit for spinners. It’s not too thin, is easy to draft, and is next-to-skin soft and not scratchy when spun up. This fiber is not protein based, it is pure metal. Because of how thin it is, the fiber is extremely fragile in its raw state and while spinning it into yarn. Spin with very low twist and slow uptake to prevent breaks in the yarn. Once you ply it, you will be happy with how strong it gets. The more times you ply it, the stronger it will get!
When blended with other fibers, the stainless steel adds body and memory. It is fun to experiment with this quality! A little goes a long way.
Benefits of Stainless Steel Conductive Fiber:
— Conductive – touch screens work with gloves on!
— Gives memory to yarn
— Adds strength without compromising softness
— Has a faint silver shimmer when blended with other fibers
— Provides a high level of electromagnetic shielding
— Can be used in e-textiles for some really fun effects!