Make Your Own Shaped Bracelets

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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

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

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

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

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!

Enjoy your custom made shaped bracelet!

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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.

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

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

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

That's one reason why I hate my school