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How to Make a "Spatty": A Mini and Disposable Rubber Spatula

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While watching an episode of Shark Tank with my mother, one of the contestants presented her products, which were called the "Spatty" and the "Spatty Daddy". The product was used for scraping out any small amounts of moisturizer, makeup or other stuff from small bottles. My mother saw the product and wanted me to make one for her (since we could not find any where to buy the actual product). I also wanted to make one for myself, so I could use them for mixing paints and other substances that I wouldn't want to touch.

When I looked online for a "Spatty" or "Spatty Daddy", I found they were rather expensive, and certainly not worth buying when I could make one so easily.

I thought making the product would be easy, but then I realized that I didn't have any Sugru on hand. I also tried making mikey77's "Oogoo", but the only silicone caulking I had was GE II, which cannot be used to make Oogoo. Without any way to make my own rubber, I had to turn to a common substance: hot glue!! Today I will be showing you how to make your own useful mini and disposable rubber spatula using hot glue and some other common household materials! It's great for use in labs, for artists, and many other ways!
 
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Step 1: Get Your Materials

Picture of Get Your Materials
For this project you will need:
  • Hotglue gun
  • A couple of hotglue sticks
  • Hard, plastic surface (I used a frisbee)
  • Liquid hand-soap or dish-soap
  • Credit card or hotel key card
  • Thin stick (I used a wooden skewer, but you can use a chopstick or even a pencil)
  • Scissors
Let's get to work!
RikJamez6 months ago
Although DIY is the way of the day, I go to the dollar store, buy a cheapo rubber/silicone spatula set, and carve them to my desired shapes.
innovator007 (author)  RikJamez6 months ago
True, but as you said, I just wanted to show a way to make a real product from nothing. Thanks for the comment!
Both ideas are great: one for DIY and one for using/altering a cheap ready-made solution. I'd also include a thrift store for the latter.
innovator007 (author)  baltika6 months ago
Yup that's true!
mr01206 months ago
Not a bad idea but I already bought the spatty and spatty daddy. Honestly, I'm glad I did. It's quality made, washing machine safe, and worth every penny at $10.99 for the pair. You can buy it for less than the cost to buy everything needed to make these. It's at least worth checking out at http://www.thespatty.com/products.cfm?lid=3385.
innovator007 (author)  mr01206 months ago
Hot glue sticks: $2.77
Hot glue gun: $4.64
Dial Dish Soap: $3
Complimentary Frisbee: $0
Skewers: $0
Key Card: $0
Scissors: $0.50
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Final Cost: $10.91 < $10.99

It doesn't make sense to say that it costs more to buy the materials here than the product itself simply because no one should buy these products just to make a bunch of these parody Spatties; it costs less for these materials because most of them were already purchased for other purposes. However, thanks for your comment!
The cost was probably much less than $10.91 since you probably used hardly any of the $3 dish soap. ;-)

Either is a great solution depending on your needs. :-)
blaze909126 months ago
wwwwwwwwwwoooooooowwwwwwwwwww such a copy off shark tank
innovator007 (author)  blaze909126 months ago
Yup that's what I was going for!
I honestly don't think they read the 'ible to actually read that you referenced Shark Tank.

" While watching an episode of Shark Tank with my mother, one of the contestants presented her products, which were called the "Spatty" and the "Spatty Daddy"."

Awesome idea! I may have to use a variant of your variant. ;-)
innovator007 (author)  adamvan20006 months ago
Wow, I didn't know so many people would recognize this product from the show (that's why I put the reference)! What's your variant? I'd love to hear it!
Thinkenstein6 months ago
I make something similar out of 100% RTV silicone. Make a cone out of paper. Put a crease in the paper if you want a knife edge in the tool. Fill the cone with silicone and push a handle into it. Let it harden up (the vapors pass through the paper pores), and then wash off the paper with water and a scouring pad.

Since hardly anything sticks to the silicone, it is a tool that can be used for a lifetime, avoiding the problems of "disposable" products.
innovator007 (author)  Thinkenstein6 months ago
Wonderful idea and very creative method! I'll be sure to try that some time!
GrumpyOldGoat6 months ago
100% pure silicon caulking can be thinned enough to use on a project like this.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Easy-waterproof-clothing-and-about-anything-else-/

The consistency depends on the amount of Mineral Spirits you use.

GREAT Instructable!
innovator007 (author)  GrumpyOldGoat6 months ago
Yup, but unfortunately I do not have an 100% silicone caulking, its usually some sort of mixture. But anyways, thanks!
Probably acrylic then.
skitodd116 months ago
cool stuff! it could be super useful for lab work if you could adapt this to create a Magnetic Sitr Bar: http://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Stir-Bar-Octahedral-new/dp/B001ACNFDQ
innovator007 (author)  skitodd116 months ago
Hey that's a great idea!
james.m.k6 months ago
They DO sell Hot Glue sticks they advertise as non-toxic.

An interesting project.
innovator007 (author)  james.m.k6 months ago
Thanks!
NVDevastator6 months ago
Really cool man! The uses for hot glue, theyre endless :)
innovator007 (author)  NVDevastator6 months ago
I know right! It's amazing how many things you can do with it!
Very clever!
innovator007 (author)  shantinath10006 months ago
Thank you!
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