Smart Materials Kit

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The Smart Materials Kit is a sample collection of various powders, wires, and plastics with “smart” qualities. The kit comes with the book Fashioning Technology: A DIY Intro to Smart Crafting by Syuzi Pakhchyan and published by CRAFT.

Material samples include:

• ¼ oz phosphorescent powder (make glow-in-the-dark ink for printing!)
• 10g of blue photochromatic powder (color-changing in different light)
• 10g of yellow photochromatic powder (color-changing in different light)
• 10g of thermochromatic powder (color-changing with temperature)
• 2 feet of shape memory wire; 5 crimp beads to control the wire
• 2 ounces of polymorph plastic (heat and mold as many times as you want)

We’ve mentioned a few designers on the blog that are using these kinds of materials.

Josien Pieters uses thermochromatic inks in his dynamic wallpapers.
Marie Ilse Bourlanges visually captures the movement of the body in her experimental fashion.
Kathy Schicker uses photochromatic and phosphorescent techniques in transformative textiles.
Nendo designed a “blooming” lamp with a shape-memory alloy.

The Smart Materials Kit is available with Fashioning Technology for $65 at the Maker Shed.

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