Whileis so good for so many e-textile purposes, sometimes insulated wire can come in handy. Finding really thin, flexible wire is not always easy, especially when shopping online, so here are some links to some of the resources we have found useful.
Wikipedia AWG wire gauge info >> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge
Conrad (AT, DE, UK)
Conrad (local electronics store in Germany and Austria) sells a really nice thin, multistranded wire called LIFY 0.05 mm. It comes in lots of different colours too (even if the pictures online don’t show them all)! Conrad UK also has an online shop, that is horrible to navigate, but does supply the same stuff.
Conrad AT >> http://www.conrad.at/ce/de/overview/2510112/Li-Typen
Conrad DE >> http://www.conrad.de/ce/de/overview/2510112/Li-Typen
Conrad UK >> http://www.conrad-uk.com/ce/en/overview/2510112/Li-Types
Daburn >> http://www.daburn.com/2671ultraflexiblesub-miniaturewire-u/lstyle15681692.aspx
McMaster Carr (USA)
McMaster Carr sells Daburn sub-miniature wire as “Continuous-Flex Miniature Wire”:
McMaster sells lots of different kinds of thin, flexible wire:
All three ultra-flex miniature wires turned out to be very fragile, in that they were easy to tear by hand. Also the isolation of the red and white were silicone and thus will not slide nicely between the layers of fabric.
32 AWG, PVC >> http://www.awcwire.com/Part.aspx?partname=B32-7
Textile insulation >> http://lokolo.eu/tag/textile/
Ribbon cable can often be an okay source for thin, flexible (multi-coloured) wires.
Good Tip: Get a small-gauge wire stripper!
Sparkfun’s 30AWG stripper >> http://www.sparkfun.com/products/8696
Home Depot’s selection >> http://www.homedepot.com/Electrical-Electrical-Tools-Accessories-Electrical-Tools/h_d1/N-5yc1vZbm76/h_d2/Navigation?catalogId=10053&Nu=P_PARENT_ID&langId=-1&storeId=10051
Radio Shack’s selection >> http://www.radioshack.com/family/index.jsp?categoryId=2032310&s=D-StorePrice-RSK&s=D-StorePrice-RSK
Links from Adrian Freed: