I was lucky enough recently to be sent to Sugru to try out.
This intriguing product, described as self-setting rubber, is a bit like Plasticine or Fimo crossed with super strong glue. You can use it to fix things stuff and stick things to other things, and be creative about it too. I defy you not to lose HOURS on their website with all the wonderful creativity you can find there. Check the amazing Lego adaptations - here’s a really fun example:
Pic from Sugru website
I think my kids would do me in if I messed with their Lego (perhaps I will buy some of my own so I can make some ace cable tidies like these!). So, much as I am tempted, I had to come up with something else.
I am much too lacking in creative ideas for anything other than stitching and sewing at the moment, so I went hunting around on the website for ideas I could pinch borrow. I was much intrigued by the ideas for stamping and printing using Sugru. I love a bit of texty fabric, especially awesome typescript, so I had a lightbulb moment and nipped off to Ebay to buy myself from 18 pt Letterpress and here’s what I got up to when it arrived:
Opened up the packet:
Warmed the Sugru up a bit in my hands and then stuck a tiny bit onto the side of one of my Letterpress letters:
I squeezed the next letter on to it to make a Sugru sandwich:
Then scraped off the excess:
I added some more letters:
And formed a word. I made sure that all the letters were completely aligned so they would print evenly. Sadly I didn’t make sure of something else:
I left my letters at this stage to stick together properly overnight, and the next day added more Sugru to create a little handle for the stamp:
Then I made some more:
If you make a mistake (like sticking a letter in back to front for instance – but who would be that daft?), you can scrape the Sugru off, even after it has set:
I was super-pleased with the results. This is how it looked on paper:
And on fabric:
Printing worked best with a soft surface underneath the paper or fabric (I found a piece of felt worked really well). If you use a brand of ink pad that is permanent on fabric, you could make your own labels and even little bits of fabric to include in patchwork piecing… Great fun! I will be popping back to Ebay to buy ink pads, plain tape and more Letterpress, I am sure.
My next plan is to use Sugru to create a coat hook rack with old bobbins and a bit of waste timber we have lying around. Should work really well for displaying bags for product photography. I shall let you know how I get on.
In the mean time, if you fancy having a go with some Sugru, I have a pack to give away. Just leave a comment on this blog post before midnight on Friday 5th July if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning. Tell me what you’d like to stick/repair/customise with Sugru if you like. Happy to post overseas, so don’t let that hold you back.