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"Sugru" (sugru.com) is  a air-drying silicone goo invented by Irish artist and businesswoman Jane ni Dhulchaointigh and a team of materials scientists.

Sugru starts out slightly sticky, like Silly Putty, but after a few hours solidifies into a harder rubbery texture which retains its shape but is still pliable.  It can be used to fix any variety of things, or to "hack things better" as the Sugru motto suggests.

This instructible details how to fix the silicone rings on the earbud headphones that come with the Apple iPhone.
 
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Step 1: Start with broken earbuds

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 My earbuds started out in pretty bad shape.  I use them for many hours every day and when driving.

The rubber rings on both sides was separating from the plastic.  That's bad, because obviously it looks bad, but also because the lack of ring leaves a slight sharp edge on the surface which was beginning to irritate the inside of my ears.

Additionally, one side of the earbuds was coming apart, the two plastic parts no longer glued together.

You can see what remains of the rubber from one side in the photo.

Step 2: Get some Sugru

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Sugru comes in a pouch of 12 sealed packets.

Each packet contains one of four colors, black, orange, green, or blue.

A single packet has far more Sugru than needed for this repair, so I did my best to seal up the rest of it to use for something else.

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chimbisimo3 years ago
At this point I dipped my fingers in soapy water to smooth it out, which made the sugru much smoother and more comfortable in my ear.
Ethanal4 years ago
I did the same thing with a very small length of shrink tubing. Not as cool or (most likely) comfy as Sugru, but it works great.
haha i did the exact same thing a while back and it works great
monkeywidget (author)  Ethanal4 years ago
You should post pictures!
Pictures! Unfortunately, the band loosens over time, so I have to periodically fix it with the heat gun. I wonder how I could eliminate this problem...
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monkeywidget (author)  Ethanal4 years ago
maybe a silicone glue or something?
thelmer443 years ago
Very nice instructable... I plan to do this tonight considering I got my Sugru in the mail yesterday. :)
where can one buy this "sugru"?
monkeywidget (author)  A is for Anarchy4 years ago
Please check their site at sugru.com .

Specifically:
https://sugru.com/buy/
thelmer444 years ago
Very nice... I plan to do this to my earbuds once my sugru comes in.
BOOM56014 years ago
This i'ble has shown my why they never have Jane's full name on anything.
Kiteman4 years ago
Kiteman want sugru.  Give Kiteman sugru.

Give Kiteman sugru now!

(Once they're in production, we should have a sugru-sponsored contest!)
I got mint this morning :D
Ah-ha, so did I!
A sugru contest? That would be great!!
Agreed!
seconded
thirded
fourth-ed?!?!?
quinted!!!! :P
Here we go again... Sixthed!
zascecs kcls4 years ago
1st-ed.
more like skipp-ed Seventhed
No one said first so I have the right. =P
kiteman is "1st-ed" because he said "i agree", then we all agreed with him.... just sayin
Nope, he just agreed, but wasn't "officially" the first to agree with anything. =P


he didn't know this chain would happen... lol ;)
Dodecagonneded
Good point. ;)
8thed
toogers dvnfntn4 years ago
100001sted because at least that many people would agree.
one hundred thousand seconded
FIRST!!!!!!! what? no one said it yet....
aww
Say folks, has anyone taken their broken earphones into an apple store? They will more than likely be happy to replace them if they don't show signs of abuse. I've seen them do it over and over when I worked there part time. I never saw them charge for a replacement.
Phoghat4 years ago
my iPhone ear buds don't really fit my ears well, can I use this as a custom mold-to-fit?
thats exactly whati thought of!
OR this could work too. http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-way-to-noise-insulate-your-earphone/
motadacruz4 years ago
Wow, that stuff is awesome! I got broken buds like that for a long while now. Awesome instructable, thanks!
Nice. I like the vibrant orange with the white, too.
Pie Ninja4 years ago
I wonder if I could make a pair of fitted shoes with sugru...
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