Fun with Sugru

I was lucky enough recently to be sent to Sugru to try out.

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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:

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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:

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Warmed the Sugru up a bit in my hands and then stuck a tiny bit onto the side of one of my Letterpress letters:

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I squeezed the next letter on to it to make a Sugru sandwich:

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Then scraped off the excess:

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I added some more letters:

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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:

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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:

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Then I made some more:

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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:IMG_3206

 

I was super-pleased with the results. This is how it looked on paper:

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And on fabric:

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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.

24 thoughts on “Fun with Sugru

  1. Never heard of this stuff but it looks very interesting. I think I would like to make some chunky handles for my crochet hooks! Do you think this would help my tension?

  2. I am past the deadline, but just wanted to say, this is a wonderful product that my nephew would go crazy for, he hearts lego in a serious way!

  3. This is exciting stuff isn’t it and your letterpress project reminded me of an idea I’d had for a birthday card for a friend who happens to turn 40 this week! Where on eBay are you buying you letters please?

  4. Oh my giddy aunt you made stationery stuff. which is next in line on gorgeousness to fabric. I’d probably end up making something that resembled a ballooned bottomed before I copied your idea

  5. Sugru sounds great! I’d love to try some, either to make stamps or even just to make little handles/grips for my felting needles. Just had a browse on the website, it looks really interesting.

  6. This looks like so much fun! I’m sure I would probably try to attach horns to my cat… although he might get super fussy. To be honest I’d probably use it to make sculptures or to fix small repairs.

  7. Ooh, I’d love to win this! I reckon I’d spend hours sticking things together, then making jewellery bits and bobs and then creating my own unicorn 😀

  8. I’m sure once this in the house, I’d be finding all sorts of uses for it, but first of all I’d like to add some wide grips to crochet hooks.

  9. That looks like fun. I would most probably use it to stick my husbands phone and keys to the ceiling, but then he might respond by sticking my sewing notions up there. Hmm, it would make a fun few weeks anyway.

  10. Not sure what I’d use it for yet, but I’m sure I’d find something to do with it. I’ve never heard of it before, it looks really interesting.

  11. I bet this could be used to make some wearable art. I love your printing press idea and can’t wait to see what other uses can be found for this new product. Thanks for the giveaway 😊

  12. I would use it to make a better grip on my phone charger – the sodding thing is so smooth I can never get a good hold on it to pull it out the plug socket! 😦

  13. What a totally amazing product. I’m sure there are 1001 uses for it around the home and for crafting. I have some pottery and glass figures that could do with a bit of repair. Thanks for the giveaway.

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