Picture of DIY: Sliding Gloves
Don't feel like paying $50+ for a pair of pre-engineered sliding gloves? Want to gather up your own parts and personalize your own glove?

Good news!

I have an intructable that will show you how!

if you are unfamiliar with "sliding" as referred to in skateboarding here is a vid to help you out.

here is a link that shows how some real hardcore guys do it (sliding that is).

Step 1: Decide what to get.

Picture of Decide what to get.
Before we acquire all of our materials we have some important decisions to make, some easier than others. First off we need to consider what sliding matrix we want to choose, there are many different options and it all will come down to price and availability and how far you want to slide. One of the design considerations for a puck is how you will use it, if you will make a lot of really crazy long lasting slides then a really slick material is great, but you give up some stopping friction. On the other hand if you just want to do some casual slides and other stuff then an intermediate CoF material will work great giving a nice compromise between stopping power, wear, and how long you can slide.

**if you already know what material you are going to slide on you can skip the following as it contains a lot of material description.**

The Sliding Matrices:
UHMWPE- aka Ultra High Molecular Weight Polyethylene; This slider is one of the cheaper and better materials to use IMO. It has a cost of about $10-$15 per square foot in 3/8" thicknesses(cheaper when its thiner), and it is has one of the best coefficient of friction out there. I won't wax on about the chemistry here but I will say that due to its cross-linked chemical structure it is one of the toughest materials for the job.

Corian- Acrylic with aluminum oxide filler. This material is used as a counter top material with great abraision resistance and great wear life. The great thing about corian is that it can be had for free at some home depots or Lowes. They give out little 1"x1" tiles as samples and whatnot they also have a lot of neat "rocky" colors. The downside is that if you can't find it for free you have to buy it, and because of its nature being a filled material it will be a bit more costly and harder to get in small quantities.

Acrylic- as the name says it is a base polymer for Corian but it withstands abrasions and heat fairly well, acrylic is also what plexiglass is made out of. Acrylic will be cheaper than corian and more readily available at smaller quantities, but its not as durable as its cousin, corian.

Delrin -This a a very commonly used polymer for sliding gloves it has a good CoF and decent abrasion resistance, and is competitively priced. It's downfall is that it does tend to wear much quicker than the materials mentions above. I have not personally used Delrin just because when it is processed (ie Extruded) a full face mask is required, because the material will off-gas producing nauseous gases similar in effect to formaldehyde. Personal hang up I know but decent material.

Polypropylene - You guessed it, another polymer! This plastic material is generally used in applications that require more durability and toughness than a standard polyethylene. its structure is very similar to polyethylene but it has a higher melting temperature and is tougher than STANDARD PE. This material does wear down faster similar to delrin, but its a great price point material, it can be had at your local mart in the form of cutting boards.

Nylon - more polymers I know I know. Nylon's CoF is great and only rivaled by UHMWPE, yet it is harder and tends to wear slightly faster than UHMWPE. Nylon can also be found in the form of a cutting board but it is sometimes rare. Nylon may not be a great choice just because of its chemistry, its a condensation reaction polymer. A condensation reaction polymer is one that when synthesized its waste product is water (where the condensation comes from). So what this means is that given enough heat and moisture the product will degrade and return to its base "mers". For a short lived sliding glove this probably isn't that big of a deal, yet it is wise to take note of.

Polycarbonate - you may recognize the name, its the formulation for bullet proof glass. Some may say Lexan instead, although lexan is a Dupont trade name and has many different formulations. It will probably be the most expensive of the plastics to get a hold of. Its redeeming properties are having a super high melting point (300 C) and really great abrasion and impact resistance. The downside to polycarbonate is that it can sometimes be brittle, and its much harder than other materials and wont be a soft impact compared to PE or PP. Since there are so many applications of PC it is hard to find the one that will work for sliding, some are hard and brittle and will shatter when used; others are softer and will actually chunk a little and stick to the road. Its a tricky polymer to play with but some people really prefer it.

That concludes the materials section, out of the whole list here UHMWPE has the best CoF and price point for me. at $15 square foot I was sold; a square foot of any material will be enough to make a backup set of sliding pucks. Another selling point for the material is that it is very chemical resistant and used as a low friction matrix in hip implants.

The next thing is where to buy these fancy plastics? I purchased mine from Piedmont Plastics located in Charlotte NC. They have a bunch of different branches throughout the US and are very friendly this is their site Here.

SO now that you have decided on sliding matrix you can move to the other parts, gloves, velcro, and way to consolidate the two. For me it was a quick trip to Walmart and Hobby lobby; I picked up a nice set of workmans gloves for $12. I then proceeded to Hobby lobby for the velcro, I purchases two packs of sew on velcro for $.99 each and then some self adhesive velcro $3.19. I wanted to sew my velcro on just because it seemed better and more reliable than using some contact cement. It also helped that I had a spool of Kevlar laying around. You can use whatever thread you want but I just thought kevlar was cooler because it has a tensile strength five times that of steel.

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rowan.bird.775 months ago
I buy cheap gloves, and chopping boards, then use a heat gun to melt hot glue on the pucks, which melts the top layer of the puck as well, then simply glue the puck direct to the glove. Very quick and easy, and when they wear out just make new ones.

Anyone know anything about using chopping boards for this sort of thing? I have heard of people doing this before and I was just wondering if anyone has done the same thing and if chopping boards are a decent material.

Where would I be able to buy UHMWPE?

Alex-95__3 years ago
just wondering if anyone knows how to stick the spikey half of velcro to the pe pucks that i made out of a cutting board because apparently nothing sticks well to pe?? thanks guys
heres what I do, i take some left over pieces of grip tape and place on the puck and then glue the velcro using a contact cement. works a charm.
what are these for
sliding around on a skateboard
pkörffer3 years ago
Ok, this was a nice one.

I decided to change one thing: I glued the velcros to both glove and poly. And I used a cutting board from IK..A instead of the complicated instruction about work pieces.

For german readers, a (slightliy modified) short translation:

Ich habe 2 Sachen geändert, ansonsten ein Tippitoppi Instructable. Die Näherei habe ich mir gespart und stattdessen mit Heißkleber die Klettverschlüsse aufgebracht. Und die fast schon wissenschaftliche Diskussion, was denn nun der beste Werkstoff unter den Polys sein könnte, habe ich mithilfe eines anderen DIY-Forums runterbrechen können... ich habe einfach ein Schneidebrett von I..A genommen. Das Ding kostet 4 Euro ;-) und den Bauhausbesuch konnte ich mir sparen (ist eh Sonntag heute).
Alex-95__3 years ago
just wondering how you sew through a thick glove and velcro without putting your hand inside....could you please tell me??? thanks man, professonal looking!
capn (author)  Alex-95__3 years ago
To start the needle you would pierce the velcro and the glove simultaneously. You have to make sure you only go through the front layer of the glove. With the needle about a quarter of its length in, turn the needle so it points to where you want it to exit. Push the needle through the front glove layer and velcro, that should do it.

Did that make sense?
Alex-95__ capn3 years ago
haha yea sort of man.....thanks
alex193 years ago
this is sick, slide gloves are one of the best parts of longboarding
i can't wait to make more videos now

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hturba3 years ago
i did pretty much the same thing here except i used the other side of velcro on the gloves and instead of sticking the velcro to the plastic i just melted the plastic onto the gloves with a blow torch. you get a very solid fit that way. cant take off the pucks once they are on but you just melt new ones onto the old ones when needed.
GlueyMcGee5 years ago
is uhmwpe available at walmart, home depot, etc places like that?
capn (author)  GlueyMcGee5 years ago
Not specifically. UHMWPE is more of an engineering material, specialty plastic warehouses will carry it. But Walmart carries cutting boards which are regularly made from Nylon, or other crystalline material which are suitable for slide pucks.
Another material that I have found to work extremely well is acrylic, though it can be a bit fragile.
Kaiven5 years ago
Do I see a new sport forming---?
Possibly sliding gloves and shoes... sliding around various places sounds fun.
isaac! Kaiven4 years ago
the gloves arent slippery, they are more as armour for your hands on the road. they only slide when you are longboarding at speed.
Kaiven isaac!4 years ago
Oh, okay, thanks for clarification. My cutting board is kind of... greasy feeling from the plastic type so I assumed the slickness of the material would allow people to slide around.
You actually weren't far off at all. Technical longboard sliding has been going on for a while now. However newer puck materials are provding extremely slick and fast slides.
zs4 years ago
just a thought on cutting the plastic, i think a hole saw would give a move aesthetically pleasing look. and be more like the pucks you would buy online.
stitches225 years ago
my gloves made with some cheap $5 gloves i found in home depot, as well as the same velcro you used for $2, and some random cutting board i found in my local foodtown for $5 = $12 gloves! and when i used them i very soon learned the importance of the thumb puck, so i cut out pucks for the thumb, but i need to buy more velcro as i ran out. overall this whole project took about 10 minutes to put together, the velcro sticks perfectly well to the gloves, no need for sewing!
Does the velcro have to be industrial strength ?
Yeah it kinda does. I tried the wimpy stuff and the pucks just came off when I was sliding. Not fun at all. I bailed and hit the curb pretty hard. So best go with the industrial strength :D
could you make pucks out of wood or steel ?????
 Yes but wood will wear down extremely fast and have a very uneven slide. Steel will heat up and burn your hands. Also steel will be insanely heavy and loud.
gbosbiker7 years ago
could you make the pucks into a circle instead of square?
capn (author)  gbosbiker7 years ago
yes, you could make the pucks into a circle but this violates my KISS ideology, cutting a circle is much harder than cutting a square.
gbosbiker capn7 years ago
true. but the circle makes the glove look cooler. you could even make it harder by making the circles into a convex shape so they dont catch on a imperfection in the road. but thats all up to how much work the person making it wants to put in.
capn (author)  gbosbiker7 years ago
Cooler yes, harder no. To make the UHMWPE sag you need a lot of heat and be able to control that heat very well. That in itself would be more trouble than its worth. I do not know how you would get it "harder" without more cross linking in a specialized process. Also a Convex shape gives you a point contact rather than a surface contact which is what you want. With point contacts you also will wear down the center rather than have a uniform wear pattern.
I think he just meant that the process would be harder, not the UHMWPE.
HAY, the convex idea is great, and i decided to use it the last time i dislocated my shoulder! my glove caught a huge crack in the road and yanked my arm right out :) with a rounded edge on my puck it might not have done that, shucks.
vanpaun6 years ago
A few notes you should add: UMWHPE is readily available as Marine Lumber, in the form of plain flat sheets, in black and white, in various sizes and thicknesses. Instead of sewing the velcro, witch is challenging, I would recomend a product called jewlers glue. This stuff is 10X stronger, and actually bonds the materials (my gloves got very hot after I stuck the velcro on). All in all, great instructions.
were cn u get that glu?
is it like Mighty mend it?
vanpaun vanpaun6 years ago
  • Marine lumber from West Marine
ethdem7 years ago
Hey, thanks for the help! Here's what mine looks like:
looks like cheese...
quesoman ethdem6 years ago
no offense but ur material looks like soap. :-)
capn (author)  ethdem7 years ago
wow, holy thick material! looks good!
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