Introduction: Make Your Own Shaped Bracelets

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I'm sure most of you have seen those silly bands around.  You know, those colorful, rubber bracelets that are shaped like things.  I'm not usually one to follow fads like this, but I have really wanted one shaped like California.  I'm from California, but I go to school in Massachusetts and I miss my home state a lot.
Both my room mate and I got sugru for the contest, but hers arrived first and she promptly fixed everything in the room and I was at a loss as to what to do with mine.  Until I thought of trying to make my own California-shaped bands!

Step 1: Materials

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Gather Materials
For this project, you will need:
-one sheet of transparency (I think that's what it's called, you can get it at office supply stores) (make sure it's really clean)
-piece of paper with the outlines of the shapes you want to make
-sugru (I found one of the small packets was enough to make 3 bracelets)

Step 2: Prepare Sugru

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Put the transparency on top of the piece of paper with the designs you want to make.  Taping it in place would be helpful at this point, but I didn't do that.
Follow the instructions on the packet for preparing and working with sugru.  It will stick to everything! Make sure your hands are super clean to minimize sticking.
After working with the sugru for about 30 seconds, roll it into a long snake shape about 1/8 inch thick.

Step 3: Shape the Band

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Start making the shape by sticking one end of the sugru shape down to a point around the outline of your shape on the transparency.  The sugru will peel off the transparency later when it's cured completely.  Follow the shape around, pressing the sugru down as you go.  Make sure the ends are securely connected.

In the first picture, you can see that the paper has shifted under the transparency  which can make it difficult to make a good shape.  This is why I should have taped it down.

Let it cure for at least a few hours!

Step 4: Peel It Off

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Let it cure for at least a few hours, and don't put any heavy wear on it for at least 24 hours.  Peel it carefully off of the transparency.

Step 5: Enjoy Your Silly Band!

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Enjoy your custom made shaped bracelet!


jmintuck (author)2014-06-18

I didn't really know that you could actually wad up paper so hard that you could punch holes in drywall at times. Geez. Kids these days. Tsk.

I never knew about sugru. I paid a handsome amount for an ebook years ago for another method of silly bandz. I believe it had to do with silicone caulk.

homestuck (author)2010-11-14

My sister and I love these bracelets now I could make one myself. Too bad my school banned them :(

porcupinemamma (author)homestuck2014-05-03

Why are schools banning them?

Oh man, that sucks :(

If a teacher sees a student with one they cut it up with scissors and throw it away

That sucks! why do they do that?

Because kids would shoot little pieces of paper with the bracelet, but kids hide it under their sweater sleves

oh man :(

That's one reason why I hate my school

I know it really sucks

aqwiz (author)homestuck2011-03-08

You should start a silly band resistance movement, and just buy an eff-ton of rubberbands for super cheap, and use them to do the same thing.

Used to do that in school all the time, in fact, more than a few times I was able to tightly wad the paper up so that it became a very rigid and dangerous projectile, capable of punching holes in various things (including drywall in some instances)

another tip: Paperclips!! (if you bend them into the right shape you can also puncture people, so be careful)

pinky252525 (author)homestuck2011-02-09

sorry i spelled school wrong

pinky252525 (author)homestuck2011-02-09

i am home shcooled

porcupinemamma (author)2014-05-03

Cool idea!

Techgirl-52 (author)2011-05-23

I've always wanted to get a few, but my mom tells me not to waste me money. :(
They are in around my area, all the stores are practically sold out! :D

You know something? If you got enough Sugru, you could make your own custom bands to sell at your local flea market and you'd probably get enough dough! If you said 1 packet made 3 silly bands.... and they cost about $18.... you'd have approximately double if they sell $1 each! :D Of course, this is a rough idea.

P.s. GREAT California shape! It isn't messy at all, other done homemade band projects I have seen so far were a complete mess! XD

I have to admit, I made three at first and the first one was a bit of a mess. But the great thing about sugru is that you can just squish it up if you don't wait too long, and try it again!

onrecess (author)2010-12-05

My school banned them, too!
(I'm, um, 56 and a 5th grade teacher.)
I pretend I don't see them.
Some kids wear 50 at a time, so I have to try REALLY hard not to see them!
PS: This is a terrific instructable! I can't wait to show my students!

Both of my parents are teachers as well, though they teach at alternative schools which I don't think have banned silly bands yet.
I just think it's a really weird thing to ban. I mean, they are basically rubber bands, which most schools have readily available for projects and stuff.
I'm glad you like my instructable!

bbot2000729 (author)2010-10-08

Found an old pack of sugru in mah garage.made.dude,you should get a new brain..........................................................................................................................................,and donate the one that came up wit this !!!!AWESOME!!!! idea.5*.

Haha, sorry, my brain is worth too much to me...unless I can trade for one that's really good at programing as well, that I might consider!

*sorry for double post, the touche part was typed in the wrong window.runescaping ftw!

SPYBOOM (author)bbot20007292010-11-07

wow u like runescape

lol, nice.with a hint of touche.ill trade you a slice of homemade Baklava for your brain.I'll also trade a roll of duct tape and 5 bucks,if you thrown in about 20 some

hm, tempting, but I think I'll hold onto my brain for a bit longer.

mrelement (author)2010-10-15

were do u find sugru?

from the website :)

solarblade90 (author)2010-10-15

this is just like a silly band

darthpotato1 (author)2010-10-09

$20 you're going to MIT

Nope :P

regardless MIT is amazing

I like my school more, although I'm sure MIT is great :P

FrozenIce (author)2010-10-10

what eggsactily is the shape you are makeing??

adamthiede (author)FrozenIce2010-10-10

Read the intro? And also, who couldn't tell it's California?!

AccioSnitch (author)adamthiede2010-10-10

Someone who isn't familiar with US geography, perhaps someone not from the US?

adamthiede (author)AccioSnitch2010-10-11

someone who is not familar with reading? It was the intro like 3 times.

FrozenIce (author)AccioSnitch2010-10-11

i am actualy fom the middle east

TheAquabats (author)2010-10-10

I have those freaking things, and there rubber bands not bracelets, kids just use them that way. Very creative though.

dombeef (author)2010-10-08

This is awesome!


Coliflower (author)2010-10-08

This is kind of cool... I bet I could make some money off the kids at my school, it's crazy here.

Yeah, I'm not sure I really get the whole trend of trying to gather mass quantities of these bands, I just wanted a California one, haha.

Lithium Rain (author)2010-10-09

Haha, I had the same idea - beat me to it! Nice one. :)

Dy7lan (author)2010-10-08

Pure genius!!! I'm not quite up with the trend of wearing rubberbands... but thanks to you, my niece just got a new hero.

jen7714 (author)2010-10-07

Ahh. I was going to write my own silly band one today but you beat me to it. One thing I was worried about was that does it stretch enough to be a silly band?

It is not as stretchy as ones you would buy in the store, but it stretched enough to get it over my hand. I am trying to avoid playing with it a lot because I know it probably isn't as durable.

Munchys (author)2010-10-07

Is it strong?

It's not as stretchy as ones you would get in the store, I wouldn't pull on it excessively, but I've been wearing it for about a day with no problems :)

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