Step 4: Add Sugru to the Tentacles

Even with the limitations on detail, I'd have loved to make the entire octopus out of wire and Sugru.  The Sugru is a bit pricey to use so much of it, though.  Please take note, Sugru owners; there are some applications that require more Sugru than a tiny little packet, and it might be good to have economy packs available for larger jobs.

The Sugru is important to properly grip the mouse.  First, choose one or two colors for the underside of the tentacles.  I mixed orange and blue for this, one packet of each.  Roll the mixed Sugru into a snake, then slice into eight equal portions.  Roll each portion into a long thin snake and position it carefully along the underside of each tentacle from center of octopus to tip of tentacle.  Get a cup of soapy water.  Dip your fingers in it.  Smooth each thin snake of Sugru into the tentacles, pressing it so it will stick to the baked polymer clay.  It will stick to the clay, but it likes to stick to fingers even more.  The soapy water will help a lot.  When your tentacle undersides are completely smooth and covered to your liking, consider the color of Sugru for the suckers.

I used about 1/3 packet of black with 1 packet of orange Sugru for the suckers.  Mix thoroughly, roll into a very thin snake, and start slicing off tiny little bits.  Roll those bits into balls and stick them randomly into the Sugru lined underside of the tentacles.  Take a wooden skewer and gently push the pointed end into the ball to form an indentation and attach it more securely to the tentacle.

PLEASE TAKE NOTE:  The package says you have 30 minutes of work time.  It's not a joke.  If you want to get all the little suckers made and attached while your Sugru still sticks, hurry.  You might want a partner to help you; one can roll snakes, slice them, and roll little balls while the other attaches them.

Quick, find a use for the rest of the Sugru before it gets too stiff!  I let Josh put the black stuff somewhere (I actually have no idea what he did with it) while I saved the leftover brown for attaching the octopus to the monitor.
I looove this! I tried making an octopus from Sugru once and it did not go well but I may try again after seeing this.
Octopus yayayayay!
It almost looks alive!
that turned out really nice! i would love to see something like this, but enlarged, to do things like, maybe even be the actually computer stand. im sure there would have to be a change of materials, but it would go right along with the mouse holder.
The octopus is awesome! Good job!<br><br>
Coolest. Instructable. Ever. 5 stars.
Great 'ible! One question though, if you weren't making the octopus to grip things (like the mouse), but just because they look cool and you like them, can you just use more clay for the suckers, or would you still have to use sugru? (Also, I have absolutely no idea where to get sugru, do you just buy it online?)
Version 2 could support a wireless mouse, with receiver and charging station embedded in it. <br>Very very nice, 5 stars. Also congrats on winning!
Awesome, 5 *
this. . . is made. . . of AWESEOME! lol now to devise a way to make it cat proof for my sister. . . .
horns and tails not pictured! LOL <br>only parents understand parents!
Awesome! Great job! Keep it up! ;)
for a short term fix you could remove the ball/ tape over the laser!
but... we use the mouse often... the baby grabs the mouse when something is playing on the monitor. We use the mouse to play something on the computer or to turn it off.
i might just make this just for the octopus! awesome idea, my niece keeps on playing with the mouse too, might have to do something like this too...
that's very cute and a very cool idea!! the possibilities are endless!

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