This listing is for 1oz (28g) of 6um 100% Stainless Steel Fiber (grade 316L), which will not rust.
You read that right... this is 100% stainless steel sliver. This fiber is made of real stainless steel metal, but it is incredibly soft and is meant to be spun into yarn or used in your felting projects to create a wonderful conductive fiber. It is also fantastic for jewelry making!
Do not be fooled by other Stainless Steel fibers on the market with a higher micron count -- even so much as 2 microns can make a huge difference in terms of softness of the fiber. More importantly, the strength of the individual fibers can vary quite a bit from vendor to vendor, and weak fibers are much more difficult to spin than strong ones. We now are pleased to offer a stronger, easier to spin Stainless Steel fiber which has been manufactured just for us. You are sure to love it!
Benefits of Stainless Steel 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!
After testing several samples of this fiber, we feel 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 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!
Use it alone or blend it with your fiber of choice. A little of this fiber goes a long way and it adds a faint silver shimmer to your yarn when blended with other fibers. It also adds just a hint of memory to your yarn to help it hold its shape. Barely noticeable, but certainly a wonderful perk!
One of the more popular uses for this fibers is its conductive qualities, which interact with touchscreens just like bare skin does (smart phones are examples of this type of touchscreen, which can only interact with conductive materials such as skin or metal). Needle felt a little bit of this fiber onto your existing gloves (or make new ones with a blend of stainless steel in them) and you will no longer need to remove your gloves to use your smart phone in the dead of winter.
While exotic and unusual, metal fiber is becoming more and more popular among the fiber community as well as the tech-savvy community. You can use it in e-textiles to create an endless amount of experiments in a world where electronics and textiles collide!
Websites with some e-textile tutorials:
If you are not a spinner but are still interested in this fantastic fiber for your project, talk to me! I am happy to spin this into yarn for you - see the last two photos for a reference. Anyone can enjoy this fiber, regardless of your spinning expertise!
I added a variation in the listing which will allow you to select the option to have this spun into yarn. I am happy to spin this in any thickness you would like, but I recommend either fingering weight to worsted for most projects.
Please note that orders which involve this fiber being spun into yarn typically will take an extra one to two weeks to send out, depending on how busy we are. Let us know if you need it by a specific date so we can be sure to get it done in time.
Orders of sliver/roving will be shipped out right away.
This fiber is composed of grade 316L stainless steel, a medical and food-preparation grade metal and will NOT rust.
We're happy to ship all over the world! Message us for a custom listing with your country of residence so we can be sure to not over-charge you.