Recently, a friend told us about a unique silicone substance called Sugru.Â We went to their Web site and started checking it out.Â It starts out as a completely moldable and soft silicone putty, and then air-dries to a touch and durable material. Sugru was designed to help you hack stuff to repair it, make it work better, or make it more comfortable.
We were amazed at the versatility of this substance!Â Sugru:
- is self-adhesive — It forms a strong bond to aluminium, steel, ceramics, glass, plastic, and more
- cures at room temperature
- is flexible
- is waterproof, even in saltwater
- can go through the dishwasher
- withstands heat and cold from -60 C to +180 C
Our creative minds started spinning on what we could do with this neat-o substance!Â We immediately got our hands on some so we could play.Â Here are a few of the ideas we came up with on what to do with it.Â Make sure you check out their Web site for a ton of great ideas on how to use it as well as an instructional video.
Idea #1 – Wrist pin cushion
Chica loves using her wrist pin cushion when she sews, but hates how uncomfortable the rough plastic part is against her skin.Â She used some of the blue Sugru to coat the plastic, wrapping it around the edges to make them smooth.Â It feels about a million times more comfortable now, and doesn’t leave a red mark on her arm!
Idea #2 – Comfort grip scissors
When I have to use scissors for a long period of time, they start to hurt.Â As another comfort trick, I decided to put orange Sugru on the contact points on the inside of my scissor handle.Â It has made a huge difference in the cutting comfort!
Idea #3 – Vacuum hose repair
You can also use Sugru to fix things that you might think aren’t fixable! Â For my Dyson vacuum, I did this hack instead of buying a DC07 replacement hose.Â Boy, did I save a lot of money here!Â To do this fix, I simply wrapped some Sugru around the torn part of the coil and then shoved the coil up in the casing. Then, I stuck my finger down inside the hose and made sure it was smooth so that the hose tube could fit down inside it after it dried.Â I’ve used it a couple times so far and it seems to be holding up just fine.Â I wouldn’t pull too hard against it though, just in case!Â Think of all the money you can save by making small repairs like this instead of buying new parts!
There are a million more uses we will find for Sugru, I am sure. We will definitely share any unusual ones with you guys!