Fun With Oogoo: Make A Folding Indoor Frisbee

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Make a folding flexible Frisbee that fits in a pocket. It is thin and light and it collapses when it hits things so it can be used indoors fairly safely.

This instructable will also show how to make a mold using Oogoo and how to cast Oogoo in an Oogoo mold.

The short video shows the Frisbee flying and hitting glass.

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Step 1: Materials

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Corn starch-found in grocery store.

Linseed based oil paint from an art store

Naphtha solvent-found in hardware stores
Or Citrus Solvent from:

Can of spray lacquer-found in hardware stores.

100% Silicone caulk- found at Walmart for about $3.

Caulk gun found at Walmart

Small paint brush

Plastic knife

Plastic mixing cup

Frisbee or pie tin or plate to use as a pattern for the mold.

Step 2: How It Works

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Oogoo is an inexpensive, easy to use silicone clay that can be cast into a flexible Frisbee that is thin and light. As the step 2 pic shows, Oogoo has incredible shape memory and even when compressed will bounce back to its original form.

The cast Frisbee is thin and floppy, but when it is set to spinning in a toss, it regains the original shape of a Frisbee. It is a little trickier to throw, but it has similar flight characteristics to a regular Frisbee.

For more details on the uses of Oogoo see here:

Corinbw10 days ago

I really want make a waffle ball. I have the materials, but I was wondering how thick the oogoo should be for extruding?

mikey77 (author)  Corinbw9 days ago

A 3 to 1 mix of silicone to corn starch, by volume, works well.

Mix in small batches, 3 tablespoons or less, so that it does not set up in the syringe while extruding.

if I don't have a syringe, then what do I use... A plastic bag does not work very well, it just breaks

Corinbw10 days ago

Such a great instructable for something big fun and useful out of oogoo

critopadolf11 months ago
I'm trying to make a two part mold of a little glass gem thing and I'm wondering if u can make the mold and fill it all with oogoo if you spray on mold release or something.
cccincocc1 year ago

Your instructables are fantastic and the Citrus Solvent tip is GOLD!

Thank you so much for this. I read your Oogoo instructable as well. I am looking for ways to thin the silicone. After reading your suggestions and lots of other sources on the web, I have decided to use mineral turpentine. But I also want the final product to be very flexible and have good tear strength, if possible. So I am interested to hear what additives you have been experimenting with (you mention it in your last sentence). Thank you in advance!
Xthinker2 years ago
So, it was extruded on a ball, how did it come off! Did it wrap all the way around?
mikey77 (author)  Xthinker2 years ago
It was wrapped all the way around and I had to cut a slit to remove it from the ball. I then re-glued the cuts.
hawkfrost643 years ago
could you make a video of the wiffle ball in action?
Im amazed with this stuff, did some interesting things with your cornstarch method. Im going to be trying some different mixtures tomorrow, first one is a set of hygroscopic particles which will be given doses of steam to. Im curious if these will independently produce faster curing times. Another idea which will take me a few days to piece together is to use this and spread it over an assortment of tiny lattice-works made up of high tensile strength fibers, to offer more rigidity. Once again, fine work, this frisby is an excellent example of what can be done with this stuff, I'm actually really surprised that i dont see more people doing awesome things with this!
kwe3 years ago
hi, nice job
could you tell us more about the aditives you've tried please
would 90°alcool work?
maralyn19693 years ago
Omg! I hope your getting this patented. This is an awesome material.
germeten3 years ago
As for the frisbee, I would add a layer of fabric laminate reinforcement as an underlayment to the next coat of oogoo. I would cut a disk with notches toward the center to form the curvature. Ballistic fabric would be best. Your frisbee would be stiffer, albeit still foldable, and your dog could catch it without putting his teeth through it. And for that matter, why haven't you contacted WHAMO about this because you've invented the next generation frisbee and they should pay you bigtime.
3d printing - Everytime that someone makes either a CAD based cutter or 3D extruder on this site they always win the grand prize for instructable contests. I think you could do it, it just might be a little slower to allow set-up times. Have you tried curing oogoo under water? In theory it should speed up the curing process.
mikey77 (author)  iminthebathroom3 years ago
Oogoo does cure under water. In water taken to the boiling point it cures slightly faster. In cold water, it cures slower than in air.

The problem to be solved with 3d printing of Oogoo is coming up with a reliable valve that can almost instantly stop and start the extruding Oogoo which is under pressure.
hmmm, will see if 12 hours of night shift draws an anwser. Course the first thing that comes to mind would be how I would draw back a syringe (im a nurse) In theory you just need one large piston. Varying pressure on the piston causes varies flow rates coming from the nozzel. Draw back on the piston and the material should be sucked back. I think the bottle neck is the controlled pressure, not so much the valve.

roliop3 years ago
Since it's not a mould that's poured into, perhaps you could save a step by painting the blue stuff onto your ( hopefully not too precious ) frisbee directly.

mikey77 (author)  roliop3 years ago

You could mold the Oogoo on the inside of the Frisbee and that would work. But if you look carefully at a Frisbee you will see lumps and ridges on the outside (top) that are designed to make the Frisbee more aerodynamic. You have to cast the outside of a Frisbee to get a precise duplicate of a Frisbee.

Also, the purpose of this instructable was not to simply make a Frisbee that will fold up and fit in a pocket. It was to show how to cast Oogoo in an Oogoo mold which can be useful for making other things..
Edgar3 years ago
All kinds of harmless fun can come out of this idea...
Also, that Frisbee can be used for Airsoft Target practice.
rimar20003 years ago