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Create Magic

When talented designers and tech lovers join forces, great things can happen. That’s the story of Bare Conductive, a London-based group creating tools that enable and inspire creative uses of technology. Their signature product, Electric Paint, is nontoxic, easy-to-use paint that becomes conductive when it dries. Paint a wire on almost anything—paper, wood, walls, fabric—and all sorts of new projects are now possible. This incredible paint can teach beginners or kids about electricity. It can even solder and attach items without heat. And more ambitious endeavors incorporate hardware and computer coding to turn the paint into light switches, musical instruments, and more. See where your imagination, and a little help from Bare Conductive, will take you.

Bare Conductive

Electric Paint Activities

Create Magic

When talented designers and tech lovers join forces, great things can happen. That’s the story of Bare Conductive, a London-based group creating tools that enable and inspire creative uses of technology. Their signature product, Electric Paint, is nontoxic, easy-to-use paint that becomes conductive when it dries. Paint a wire on almost anything—paper, wood, walls, fabric—and all sorts of new projects are now possible. This incredible paint can teach beginners or kids about electricity. It can even solder and attach items without heat. And more ambitious endeavors incorporate hardware and computer coding to turn the paint into light switches, musical instruments, and more. See where your imagination, and a little help from Bare Conductive, will take you.
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Tech & Innovation

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Matt
    Matt

    Hello Grommeteers,

    We're very excited to be working with The Grommet. We make an amazing new material called Electric Paint and our Flashing Card Sets are the perfect way to get making. If you have a cool idea or question I'm here for you. We can't wait to see what you get up to!

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    2/2/2015 12:19 PM

    Can I use the paints to make my own drawings or do I have to follow your designs?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/2/2015 1:00 PM

    Hi Elizabeth, you could, yes. Though it may be tricky to utilize the electricity components. I'll let Matt provide further details on how that could be accomplished.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:02 PM

    @Mike @Elizabeth You certainly could! As you'll see on the back of the cards there are some important things to remember about getting the LED and battery the right way around (aka polarity), but other than that its pretty much up to you.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    2/2/2015 1:27 PM

    @Elizabeth If you read the product description, it says "Paint a wire on almost anything—paper, wood, walls, fabric—and all sorts of new projects are now possible." I infer from this the designs included are intended as practice sheets, so users can get used to the medium and how it works.

  • Carole
    Carole
    2/2/2015 12:27 PM

    I have the same question. An instructional 'kit' for artists without any pre-drawn images would be a BIG BIG seller. Same kind of thing, four possibles for one's own art. Worth thinking about. Maybe a flat $20? I know I'd sure forward the information to my artist friends! After, of course I do my own thing ... ;D

  • Janet
    Janet
    2/2/2015 12:53 PM

    @Carole

  • Janet
    Janet
    2/2/2015 12:54 PM

    @Janet I agree with Carole, that's what I would want to get.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:01 PM

    @Janet Matt Here! There is typically a good amount of material left in the pen (depending on how neat you are). We often find that people will pick one of the kits, try one of the cards to get their feet wet and then start creating on their own.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    2/2/2015 6:36 PM

    @Matt Would this product be something that a 12 and 9 year old would like. Thinking valentines here for grandkids. Just such a cool idea.

    Barb

  • Donna
    Donna
    2/2/2015 10:04 PM

    I would also like to know the age ranges for children. I have a 9 year old

    grandson in the STEM program at his school. I know he would love this

    if it was age appropriate. Also, their STEM class would probably love this

    as a project. You mentioned to contact Matt....how do I do that?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 11:31 AM

    Hi Donna, this would probably be great for your grandson and his class. You can contact Matt by clicking on the link in my comment below.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    2/2/2015 1:05 PM

    Any chance they'd sell classroom sets? Kids could think up their own creative designs...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/2/2015 1:20 PM

    Hi Lisa, yes classroom sets are available. You can contact our customer experience team here and they will connect you with Matt.

  • Robert
    Robert
    2/2/2015 1:09 PM

    wondering how much voltage the paint will handle?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:13 PM

    @Robert It's a great question. We suggest that Electric Paint is best with 12V DC or less. One of the most interesting characteristics of the paint is that it can be applied in a lot of ways (thick line, thin line, etc). This of course changes the resistance measurement of your line. A tangible way to play with what is sometimes an abstract electrical property

  • Ann
    Ann
    2/2/2015 1:10 PM

    Could this be used on fabrics?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:16 PM

    @Ann Electric Paint works well on fabrics that don't stretch - ie. canvas. Stretchy fabrics like Lycra will cause the material to crack. A lot of people have had success screen printing the paint onto different textiles. One thing to keep in mind though - it's not washable

  • Mitra
    Mitra
    2/2/2015 1:12 PM

    Does the paint come in colours or is it just black?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:25 PM

    Hello @Mitra, the paint is carbon-based and therefore only comes in black. You can paint over it another colour though- spraying an even layer over it works really well.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    2/2/2015 1:14 PM

    Hi, I'm wondering if your paint could be used for electroforming with copper and whether the paint is sold by itself and the available size tubes/jars.

    Thanks,

    SBerg

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/2/2015 1:22 PM

    Hi Sharon, for additional tube/jar sizes and paint on its own you can contact our customer experience team here and they'll connect you with Matt. I'll let Matt himself handle the electroforming aspect of your question.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 3:20 PM

    @Mike

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 3:21 PM

    @Sharon- sorry for the short response there. Electric Paint won't work for electroforming unfortunately as the paint is water soluble.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    2/2/2015 10:45 PM

    @Matt

    Hmmm... Too bad... There are other water-based conductive paint products that are designed for electroforming. I believe they are very water-resistant after drying and I'd hoped the Bare paint was too. I'm assuming that the water soluble thing applies even after the paint has fully dried...?

    Thanks for taking the time to respond.

    Sharon

  • Gary
    Gary
    2/2/2015 2:26 PM

    I have shirts and sweatshirts that utilized a very similar product and the designs can be made to emit sounds--and actual phrases and music bytouching trigger points.Is this the same product?

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    2/2/2015 2:52 PM

    Hi Gary, Your shirts sound really interesting. May I ask whee you got them? maggie

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/2/2015 3:05 PM

    Hi Gary, it sounds like a similar concept, but I'm not sure if it is Bare Conductive. I'll let Matt confirm.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 3:20 PM

    @Mike Hi Gary, sounds like cool stuff. You could certainly use Electric Paint as a sensor and then trigger lots of different events - sounds, lights, etc.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

Bare Conductive

Electric Paint Activities

Create Magic

When talented designers and tech lovers join forces, great things can happen. That’s the story of Bare Conductive, a London-based group creating tools that enable and inspire creative uses of technology.

Their signature product, Electric Paint, is nontoxic, easy-to-use paint that becomes conductive when it dries. Paint a wire on
almost anything—paper, wood, walls, fabric—and all sorts of new projects are now possible.

This incredible paint can teach beginners or kids about electricity. It can even solder and attach items without heat. And more ambitious endeavors incorporate hardware and computer coding to turn the paint into light switches, musical instruments, and more.

See where your imagination, and a little help from Bare Conductive, will take you.
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Bare Conductive - Electric Paint Activities

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Matt
    Matt

    Hello Grommeteers,

    We're very excited to be working with The Grommet. We make an amazing new material called Electric Paint and our Flashing Card Sets are the perfect way to get making. If you have a cool idea or question I'm here for you. We can't wait to see what you get up to!

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    2/2/2015 12:19 PM

    Can I use the paints to make my own drawings or do I have to follow your designs?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/2/2015 1:00 PM

    Hi Elizabeth, you could, yes. Though it may be tricky to utilize the electricity components. I'll let Matt provide further details on how that could be accomplished.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:02 PM

    @Mike @Elizabeth You certainly could! As you'll see on the back of the cards there are some important things to remember about getting the LED and battery the right way around (aka polarity), but other than that its pretty much up to you.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    2/2/2015 1:27 PM

    @Elizabeth If you read the product description, it says "Paint a wire on almost anything—paper, wood, walls, fabric—and all sorts of new projects are now possible." I infer from this the designs included are intended as practice sheets, so users can get used to the medium and how it works.

  • Carole
    Carole
    2/2/2015 12:27 PM

    I have the same question. An instructional 'kit' for artists without any pre-drawn images would be a BIG BIG seller. Same kind of thing, four possibles for one's own art. Worth thinking about. Maybe a flat $20? I know I'd sure forward the information to my artist friends! After, of course I do my own thing ... ;D

  • Janet
    Janet
    2/2/2015 12:53 PM

    @Carole

  • Janet
    Janet
    2/2/2015 12:54 PM

    @Janet I agree with Carole, that's what I would want to get.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:01 PM

    @Janet Matt Here! There is typically a good amount of material left in the pen (depending on how neat you are). We often find that people will pick one of the kits, try one of the cards to get their feet wet and then start creating on their own.

  • Barbara
    Barbara
    2/2/2015 6:36 PM

    @Matt Would this product be something that a 12 and 9 year old would like. Thinking valentines here for grandkids. Just such a cool idea.

    Barb

  • Donna
    Donna
    2/2/2015 10:04 PM

    I would also like to know the age ranges for children. I have a 9 year old

    grandson in the STEM program at his school. I know he would love this

    if it was age appropriate. Also, their STEM class would probably love this

    as a project. You mentioned to contact Matt....how do I do that?

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/3/2015 11:31 AM

    Hi Donna, this would probably be great for your grandson and his class. You can contact Matt by clicking on the link in my comment below.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    2/2/2015 1:05 PM

    Any chance they'd sell classroom sets? Kids could think up their own creative designs...

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/2/2015 1:20 PM

    Hi Lisa, yes classroom sets are available. You can contact our customer experience team here and they will connect you with Matt.

  • Robert
    Robert
    2/2/2015 1:09 PM

    wondering how much voltage the paint will handle?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:13 PM

    @Robert It's a great question. We suggest that Electric Paint is best with 12V DC or less. One of the most interesting characteristics of the paint is that it can be applied in a lot of ways (thick line, thin line, etc). This of course changes the resistance measurement of your line. A tangible way to play with what is sometimes an abstract electrical property

  • Ann
    Ann
    2/2/2015 1:10 PM

    Could this be used on fabrics?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:16 PM

    @Ann Electric Paint works well on fabrics that don't stretch - ie. canvas. Stretchy fabrics like Lycra will cause the material to crack. A lot of people have had success screen printing the paint onto different textiles. One thing to keep in mind though - it's not washable

  • Mitra
    Mitra
    2/2/2015 1:12 PM

    Does the paint come in colours or is it just black?

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 1:25 PM

    Hello @Mitra, the paint is carbon-based and therefore only comes in black. You can paint over it another colour though- spraying an even layer over it works really well.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    2/2/2015 1:14 PM

    Hi, I'm wondering if your paint could be used for electroforming with copper and whether the paint is sold by itself and the available size tubes/jars.

    Thanks,

    SBerg

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/2/2015 1:22 PM

    Hi Sharon, for additional tube/jar sizes and paint on its own you can contact our customer experience team here and they'll connect you with Matt. I'll let Matt himself handle the electroforming aspect of your question.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 3:20 PM

    @Mike

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 3:21 PM

    @Sharon- sorry for the short response there. Electric Paint won't work for electroforming unfortunately as the paint is water soluble.

  • Sharon
    Sharon
    2/2/2015 10:45 PM

    @Matt

    Hmmm... Too bad... There are other water-based conductive paint products that are designed for electroforming. I believe they are very water-resistant after drying and I'd hoped the Bare paint was too. I'm assuming that the water soluble thing applies even after the paint has fully dried...?

    Thanks for taking the time to respond.

    Sharon

  • Gary
    Gary
    2/2/2015 2:26 PM

    I have shirts and sweatshirts that utilized a very similar product and the designs can be made to emit sounds--and actual phrases and music bytouching trigger points.Is this the same product?

  • Margaret
    Margaret
    2/2/2015 2:52 PM

    Hi Gary, Your shirts sound really interesting. May I ask whee you got them? maggie

  • Mike
    Mike – Grommet Team
    2/2/2015 3:05 PM

    Hi Gary, it sounds like a similar concept, but I'm not sure if it is Bare Conductive. I'll let Matt confirm.

  • Matt
    Matt – Special Guest
    2/2/2015 3:20 PM

    @Mike Hi Gary, sounds like cool stuff. You could certainly use Electric Paint as a sensor and then trigger lots of different events - sounds, lights, etc.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.