I’ve recently decided that a friend and I need to make conductive body paint. I’ll rely on her extensive experience handcrafting beauty products, which she sells through her business Portland Black Lipstick Company.
For the sake of accountability, accessibility, tracking progress, and to better enable providing comprehensive documentation upon the completion of the project, I’ll be posting various research tidbits, resources, and notes I’ve made along the way.
- DIY methods for conductive paint and adhesives:
- From How To Get What You Want:
- Mixture of powdered active charcoal and just a bit of clear glue and some vinegar to mix it (vinegar is more conductive than water) has a resistance range from 23K to 40K ohms per inch. This has the possibility for being more conductive than using DIY powdered charcoal, similar or higher conductivity than graphite and possibly less expensive. (source)
- Instructable for making Conductive Paint by 24Eng provides compares Wire Glue with mixtures of graphite powder with Elmer’s Glue All, graphite powder with Titebond III, and graphite powder and acrylic paint.
- Tips/ Notes for DIY:
- Paint is good for about a day (maximum one week) after you put it into the plastic applicator bottles. You can use a beading needle to clean out the syringe tip, but this is a losing battle if the paint is old. (source)
- Commercially available:
- From How To Get What You Want, in order of conductivity: