Introduction: Sugru Magnetic Helping Hands

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For our September Build Night with Sugru at Phoenix Asylum (Boulder, CO), I have decided to build a pair of Magnetic Helping Hands. I am also remixing an Instructable by BeeAmaker and their Magnetic Base Helping Hands. I have simplified BeeAmaker's project a bit to create a flexible working platform. I am using a few parts I had on hand, as well as the Sugru provided by Instructables.com. These helping hands can also be used secure notes or photos to your refrigerator.

Items Needed:

  • 1 small pack of Sugru - Sugru site
  • 2 magnetic darts with Neodymium magnets - Amazon
  • 2 pieces of flexible insulated wire
  • 2 alligator clips - Amazon
  • Wire clippers
  • Hammer
  • Small nail

Step 1: Preparing Your Items

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  1. Cut the fletching (or feathers) off of your magnetic darts.
  2. Cut your wire to a desired length.
  3. Hammer a small nail into the plastic end of the magnet.
  4. Clip your wire and insert it into the hole you just created.
  5. Attach the alligator clip to the other end of the exposed wire and crimp.

Step 2: Adding Sugru

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Clean your hands and use a clean work surface. I used a piece of copy paper for this part and recycled it after I finished.

  1. Open your pack of Sugru.
  2. Knead the ball for at least 30 seconds.
  3. Divide in to two equal parts and roll it out to about the size of a pencil.
  4. Flatten the Sugru and set your Helping Hand onto it.
  5. Now spread your Sugru until you have covered everything evenly and smoothed it out so that it has a finished appearance.

It's that easy. I now have a flexible and strong pair of Helping Hands. Did I mention that they are really strong?

Other project that I built using Sugru.

Comments

Yonatan24 (author)2016-03-29

Hi, I've added your project to the "Beginners Guide to Soldering" Collection

This is the link If you are interested:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Beginners-Guide-to...

Yonatan24 (author)Yonatan242016-03-29

Yup... This one too :)

Yonatan24 (author)2015-10-04

Hi, I've added your project to the "Top 5 DIY Helping Hands for Soldering"

This is the link If you are interested:

https://www.instructables.com/id/Top-5-DIY-Helping-...

m_a_x made it! (author)2015-09-14

Hi, thanks for the great idea. My darts have M5 thread; i did it this like in the pictures.

I have two magnets left for a magnifying lens with light

Tater Zoid (author)2015-03-10

http://m.theneeds.com/learn/n5348589/sugru-magnetic-helping-hands-instructables?utm_landing=iphone

tkleinauskas (author)2014-09-30

Awesome idea!

Tater Zoid (author)tkleinauskas2014-09-30

Thank you.

amandabestor (author)2014-09-28

Super cool! This will help me so much with soldering!

Tater Zoid (author)amandabestor2014-09-29

Right on. I'm glad you like the helping hands.

13voltbattery (author)2014-09-27

I love the idea of having these to hold whatever I need in place. They will prove useful as soon as my sugru has dried.

Tater Zoid (author)13voltbattery2014-09-28

Yes, Sugru is amazing stuff.

MicioGatta (author)2014-09-27

Wonderful idea!

Tater Zoid (author)MicioGatta2014-09-28

Thank you.

wobbler (author)2014-09-28

Nice Instructable. I thought this was a really good idea, but then I realised my shoulders aren't magnetic and they just kept falling off so my hopes of being Doc Oc Jr failed to materialise.

However, they do work really well on my metal workbench, though I made mine with a couple of spare supermagnets I had and some copper wire instead. The idea was sound as a pound though.

Tater Zoid (author)wobbler2014-09-28

Haha. Thank you.

TheDoubleCast (author)2014-09-28

This is a really great idea, it's helped me a lot with my recent craft projects!!! Very original with the magnetic, you're awesome!

Tater Zoid (author)TheDoubleCast2014-09-28

Wow, thank you.

MsSweetSatisfaction (author)2014-09-27

This is the best upcycle for magnetic darts ever, and these look very useful! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you. They ended up being really strong too, I was impressed.

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