Sugru is an amazing mouldable silicone rubber that makes it fun and easy to repair shoes, zippers, electronics cables, ceramics and more.
I’ve been using Sugru since 2014 and always have a few packs handy in my fridge*.
I love it and think you will, too!
Sugru multipacks contain 3 or 8 single-use packets with 3.5g of Sugru in each; choose your favourite colour combination. For a Sugru kit with storage tin and additional tools and tips, try the Fix & Create Kit.
Sugru sticks permanently to glass, ceramic, wood, metal and most plastics but does not bond to oily plastics (like polypropylene, polyethylene, Teflon) and some powder-coated metals.
Once set, Sugru is waterproof, temperature-resistant up to 180°C (356°F) and down to -40°C (-40°F), durable, flexible, washing-machine safe, dishwasher-proof, shock-resistant, electrically insulating**, weatherproof and will hold up to 2kg/4.4lb in weight***.
I personally have used Sugru to:
- patch holes and cracks in rubber thongs (flip-flops) and slipper soles
- add new bumpers to the front of my toddler’s well-worn shoes
- repair cracks in plastic laundry baskets
- repair a frayed headphone cable
- rebuild a broken zipper pull
- replace the rubber on the roller of my shop tape wetter
- add soft ‘feet’ to household objects with sharp, scratchy bottoms
- repair the cork band on my KeepCup (fun fact: I was drinking from this cup when I met Sugru inventor Jane by surprise in 2018!)
- fix a bunch of other things I can’t remember because I’ve been using Sugru for longer than I’ve been documenting my repairs
Most of my repairs have needed only a small amount of Sugru; my range is about 1-4 fixes per packet (with the odd repair requiring multiple packets). Once a packet is open, the curing process begins – it can’t be resealed and the unused portion saved for later. So I keep a list of things needing Sugru-ing and try to fix a few at the same time so I don’t waste any.
Colours: Sugru comes in 10 colours, and you can mix packets to make new colours, or swirl them together for a marbled effect.
Texture: For a fancy finish, smooth out your Sugru with your fingers and soapy water. Use masking tape for precise edges. Add texture with the tools and tips in the [Fix & Create kit], or go on a scavenger hunt at home and see what you can find – cake-decorating tools, chopsticks, pen tips, toothbrushes, etc. – and dip them in soapy water while you work to keep them from sticking to the Sugru. Once cured, you can carve and sand Sugru.
Curing time: Freshly opened Sugru is soft like play-dough and has a workable window of about 30 minutes. Sugru sets to 1.5mm in 12 hours, 3mm in 24 hours and longer for thicker applications. For load-bearing projects, or if Sugru's exposure to air is limited when squished between surfaces, allow up to 48 hours for it to fully set. Use Sugru at room temperature for the best results; colder temperatures slow down the setting times.
Oops: Use soapy water to smooth out your Sugru and keep your hands and tools clean. You can protect areas you don’t want bonded to Sugru with masking tape, cling wrap or petroleum jelly. If you change your mind, you can remove Sugru from non-porous surfaces by using a knife or scalpel. It may leave residue or stains on fabric, leather and walls.
Food safety: Sugru has not yet been tested for food safety, so it shouldn't be used in contact with food or drink. (Use it to reattach teapot handles but not cracks in your teacups.)
Real talk: Using Sugru is super-easy, but trying to make Sugru into art worthy of Instagram is a humbling experience. I am not a potter and my Sugru sculptures don’t usually match my ideas, but I often end up with happy surprises. If you can see past perfection and give in to the process, Sugru is fun and quick to use, with a 30-minute deadline built in so you literally cannot spend any more time on your project. Quick wins for the win!
Made in the UK from magic stuff (trade secrets), packed in single-use foil packets inside a cardstock box.
Click here to see the Sugru collection.
* For best results, store it in your fridge or freezer to extend the shelf life by up to 3 times.
**Be careful with electricity. Stick to small-consumer-electronics repairs, low current and below 24 volts.
***Depending on the thickness of the application, for load-bearing projects, allow up to 48 hours for Sugru to fully set.
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