Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Get your craft on: Two projects with Sugru




I was recently contacted by Sugru - the company which created Sugru self-setting rubber that can be formed by hand, with an offer to try out some sample packs. Originally designed as a material for fixing and modifying items, a quick Google search revealed a growing catalogue of Sugru craft projects - so I decided to have a go at creating a couple of my own.

The Sugru is easy to work with, but did get sticky quite quickly (although given a minute or two to rest, you can smooth it over for a shiny surface). It also left a lot of pigment on my hands and the wooden surface I used as my photography background, so be careful when handling the Sugru before it has set! One of the great things aesthetically about Sugru, is that the core range of primary colours can be mixed and blended into various shades - I've blended some of the colour packs for the necklace to create subtle ombre beading, with two shades to each colour (the Sugru website has some good advice regarding colour mixing - particularly useful for almost invisible mending).


How to: Sugru ink stamps


You will need:

2x wooden draw pulls
A couple of small packs of Sugru
A sharp knife
Two drinks straws of different sizes
Coloured A5 card
An ink pad



Knead one pack of Sugru and smooth over the end of one of the drawer
pulls.

Wait a few minutes, then press the stamp firmly onto a flat surface to
create an even layer - this will stop your prints from being patchy. (Note:
I left this stage out of the original tutorial & the stamp surfaces were
uneven, which is why you'll see red stamps I re-made further down)
Use a sharp knife to trim the edges away and smooth the sides
Leave for a few minutes so that the Sugru sets very slightly (so it's no
longer tacky). Use the sharp knife and straws to make marks on the Sugru
to form your design. Leave to set for 24 hours
The red version of the stamps - with even stamp faces!
Use the stamps with an ink pad to create textural patterns on coloured
card. Leave the ink to dry.


Fold in half & use as blank greeting cards

How to: Sugru necklace


You will need:
Sugru in white, red, blue, yellow and black
A drinks straw
A necklace chain



Use the knife to cut the white Sugru into quarters
Cut each of the remaining colours in half and knead half of each with one
quarter of the white Sugru to create paler shades. (You'll probably need to
wash your hands quite thoroughly between each to avoid transferring colour.) 
Roll each colour into a round ball
Poke a hole in the centre of each ball with the drinks straw


Repeat this process with the rest of the pastel colours. Use the remaining
red, blue, yellow and black Sugru to make the rest of the beads.

Leave to set for 24 hours. 
Thread onto your chain - and your Sugru necklace is complete!


If you have left-over Sugru when you've finished crafting, there are loads of practical uses for this handy product - and you're sure to find plenty of great ideas over on the Sugru website (and will probably end up fixing things you didn't even realise were broken / making your home a more practical place). The company has a real sense of fun- I love this cute stop-motion animated video demonstrating some very simple but extremely practical uses:



I'll definitely be using a few of those ideas to make our home a quieter place!

3 comments:

  1. Love the idea of ink stamps!
    I just purchased sugru when I came over to London for the FBC, still have to tr it out to fix a few things but I'll surely spare one package to do my own stamps.
    Thank you :)
    Lou

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    1. Thanks Lou! Hope you have fun fixing / crafting :)

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