Fiber Optic Fabric - Black (40x75 cm)

This black fiber optic fabric is a cool and unique way to add some shine to your e-textiles project. There are optical fibers actually woven into this piece of fabric! Simply shine a bright light into the fiber bundle, which is collected at one end, and the fabric fills with little shining pinpoints. You can make the fabric nearly glow with a little bit of abrasion, just rough it up with fine sandpaper to damage the fiber and make it "leak" light. Selective abrasion is a great way to make a pattern!

  • 40 x 75 cm


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  • Member #780803 / about 8 years ago / 1

    I'm interested in adding this fabric to the under a layer to a prom dress. In doing so are there some precautions I need to be aware of concerning heat or melting? Additionally, is there a way to manually shut off the fabric in a way, similar to LED lights or does the fabric just only light up when in a dim setting?

  • ThorntonDan / about 10 years ago / 4

    Interesting, I wonder if this could be used to transmit focused IR light and become a lasertag sensor badge? I'll have to test that out at some point.

  • Member #718244 / about 8 years ago / 2

    I have a bigger project I want to make with this stuff... is it possible to order a larger dimension piece of fabric?

    Worst case I can buy multiple swatches and so some kind of layered sewing... And on that note -- how easy is the fabric to sew? (Using a sewing machine to sew two pieces together?)

  • TeresaMRoberts / about 9 years ago / 1

    On the electrocute video they had a White fiber optic fabric... do you guys not offer it anymore? I'm in the middle of making an awesome LED Belle costume ( ) and my next costume will be a little girls Cinderella costsume. I'm still using LED and EL Wire in Cinderella but I'd love to do the swags on her hips out of fiber optic fabric. (you know gotta keep raising the bar!) I just don't think the black will look right but I can Defiantly make the white work!

  • Felix3 / about 10 years ago / 1

    How powerful an LED can you apply to this fabric? I'm rather curious what it would look like with say a 3W RGB LED attached...

    • Sraf / about 10 years ago / 4

      Solerbotics was helping out with a MakeFashion show, they tried what you want to do, here's a small clip of the results

      "This time, Tony Grimes dropped in to experiment with his fiber-optic cloth from SensingTex as an illuminating surface, but the included 5mm LED was not dazzling enough. Time to hack in our 3W RGB Star Controller! The plan was to shift the colors to change the overall color of the fabric, but is serendipitously didn’t work. Shifting the optical pickup across the lens of the LED split the light from the individual red, green, and blue elements to to different strands of the fiber optic cloth, making for a wicked speckled rainbow effect." -

      • Hygea / about 9 years ago / 1

        Doesn't the 3w led get kinda hot? Isnt there a possibility that the fiber opics will melt if they're too close to the led?

      • Felix3 / about 10 years ago / 1

        Brilliant, thanks Sraf!

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