#2313: CharChaps

There are always moves in the fashion industry to introduce new patterns and textures.

Today’s invention enables eg jeans to be branded with a personalised pattern.


A normal electric iron would be fitted with a secondary unit. This would consist of a plate containing slidable squares of asbestos on a grid (in the form of one of these ’15’-type puzzles, but with many more empty spaces). This would allow the user to create a pixellated image of sorts.

Gaps in the grid would cause the hot, stationary iron surface to scorch the material locally, leavng a permanent pattern behind.

A refinement of this might be to use a ‘pin screen‘ device so that pins could make contact (or not) with the hot surface and thus achieve a more detailed brand.

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