Interview for Bare Conductive

I recently met with Grace from Bare Conductive for a “Q & A” on the Hiut x Rivet and Hide Interactive Window. It was great to chat through the highs and the lows of the project build and hopefully give Bare’s audience an understanding of what’s involved in using Electric Paint for a commercial project. The article is now live on their site (here)


The Beautiful Stages of Removing Vinyl Stencils and Electric Paint from Glass


Today I took-down the Hiut x Rivet and Hide Interactive window Installation.

To neatly display the icons on the window yellow vinyl stencils were painted from behind with the conductive paint. This technique was perfect for the shop window as the yellow made the icons stand out on the dark background whilst keeping the paint neatly contained.

However the removal process revealed more potential ways to use this technique with paint in the future.

Firstly removing the outer circle left a perfectly coloured-in paint stencil. I’d imagine this would also work well with multiple colours as in-fill:


Then I removed the in-fill (on the simpler designs) leaving a perfect paint stencil. This is close to the technique Mike Shorter and I used at the MB Ink Hack last year. This has a lovely aesthetic:



These techniques could come in useful for future installations.

I did clean up my mess after these experiments. Evidence:


Hiut x Rivet and Hide Interactive Window

Today the Hiut X Rivet and Hide Interactive Window went live. It will be up and running until the end of October so if you are in the area with time to burn then go and have a play. If not, here’s an outtake from filming 2 days ago:

Touch Lamp – An Electric Paint Prototype


I decided to build a lamp based on Bare Conductive’s example but rather than paint the switch on a surface, I rat the capacitive sensing to a paperclip and attached a sheet of paper.

It works well and now permanently serves as the switch for my desk lamp.