WIN a light-up paper house kit & conductive ink pen from Bare Conductive!

Enter through August 14

Bare Conductive made it to our 2010 list of Ten Super Cool Materials for Creativity with their non-toxic, skin-safe paint that lets you actually draw electronic circuitry.

The London-based company has since incorporated their wonderful paint into several new products that let you create interactive electronic surfaces.

And we’re giving away one of these easy and fun DIY kits to you!

Win a paper house kit that lights up when it gets dark.

This cute paper house kit includes a Bare Paint Pen, 2 different pairs of resistors, a couple of 9 volt batteries, 4 blue LEDs, 2 transistors, and 2 battery clips.

The simple tutorial will show you how to cut out your house template, place your components, and draw the circuit. Plug in your battery and you’ll have a little paper house that lights up to look like some tiny person inside is watching television (or on facebook).

How to enter:
In the comments, tell us how you would use Ponoko’s lasercutting service with Bare Conductive’s paint to create an electronically interactive surface. Only one entry per person, please.

Enter by 8pm pacific time on August 13, 2012.

Winners & prizes:
The Ponoko team will pick their 5 favorite ideas to determine the winners. Five winners will each receive a free Bare Conductive House Kit.

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I would use this conductive ink to run traces throughout the components of my Magic Dollhouse ( in order to give it lighting.

i would use Ponoko’s lasercutting service with Bare Conductive’s paint to revolutionize art and accessories create new pendents that people have never seen before and change art to a more abstract view you know something people have never seen before

I will use mainly in my classes (I teach physics in Portugal) to explain and demonstrate to my students, the utility of the pen that is an innovation in Portugal.
From imagination of my students and the use of this pen might result creative objects as toys games and interior design (art and design)

Forest Royse

I would use the conductive ink to “wire” LEDs embedded in profile in laser-cut, tinted acrylic to produce illuminated shapes.

Matt Plonski

I would design model space ships which I would like to light with LEDs, have Ponoko laser cut them out of heavy card stock or thin acrylic, and then use Bare Conductive’s paint to run conductive traces on the material before the model is even assembled. It is often difficult or impossible to run wires inside one of these models after it is assembled and even more difficult to assemble it around the wire harness. The conductive ink would solve these problems.

Brenn Santos

I would create bookmarks by laser cutting various materials (wood, acrylic, cardboard, etc.) into cool shapes and patterns.

I would then use the conductive paint to wire LED lighting into the bookmarks, making a convenient reading light(s). Using coin batteries would keep the bookmarks light and portable.

I will use the paint on fabric, mostly on quilted projects when I want to add LED accents. I’d also be interested in screen printing circuits with the paint.

Michael McKinly

My wife and are currently designng and building a 3D printer/CNC hybrid machine prototype that we intend to bring to Kicksarter for production funding.

I would be interested in experimenting with this paint to see if we could build a program controlled printing head for it to add to the abilities of the printer, and possiby lay down traces for the EL wire “bling” we have visualized for the Higher-end Acrylic/polycarb enased versions the machine.

I’d laser-cut illustratable car models from light cardboard, then draw power circuits on the inside, adding a battery and small electric motor – personalisable toy cars!

Jake Adams

I would laser-cut instrument silhouettes, like a violin or keyboard etc., and paint on circuitry for a simple electronic instrument kit that kids could make and play to learn about basic circuitry concepts and music.

I would use the conductive paint for making business cards or other promotional items. By adding a circle of paint to the card, you could attach an LED or something that responds to the touch of a finger with a flash or a sound. It will catch people’s eyes and get them interested in your product and company.

I would use it to create illuminated Christmas tree ornaments as part of a Maker Kids project. Something kids can have fun with, learn about conductivity and remember every year when they put it on the tree. Also do a different holiday project for those that don’t celebrate Christmas.

I’d use it to make my son a whole ceiling full of space themed night lights!

Cathy Malmrose

My daughter and I would make one, blog about it, then probably end up making a little city. She’s a bit scared of the dark and it seems to be the perfect geeky nightlight. Then we’d share it with the girls-in-tech groups we know in NZ and Bay area (Berkeley, CA) where our computer company is based.

What an awesome project!!

I’m a model railroad & Raspberry Pi enthusiast ! A conductive ink pen can be useful to both hobbies.
I could make an interactive display system on lasercut cardboard for the Raspberry pi using the GPIO… The lasercut cardboard would allow the display to be easily foldable and it could be carried along the Pi.

Daniel Pickering

I would create laser cut puzzle pieces from wood with interlocking painted circuitry – the player would have to connect the puzzle pieces up correctly in order to complete the ciruit and make an LED glow successfully!

Resistors and other components could be used to change the difficulty, make multiple LEDS glow, motors run etc

I would use it to make a miniature version of the MB Star Bird 70’s toy, based on an ATtiny45.

I would have a 1/5th scale shape (top view of the StarBird) cut out of white plastic, with a pattern for the electric circuit engraved on it and holes for the part legs cut out.

The main parts like the ATtiny, a piezo speaker, tilt switch and coin cell battery holder are glued on one side and the circuit is drawn with conductive ink on the other side. This way it would become a spaceship shaped, white circuit board on which you make the circuit without any chemical processing or soldering. I have been working on it and the circuit should be simple enough and the currents low enough to pull it off.

I’m making an Instructable on it and I’m planning to organise a kid’s workshop on it.

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