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I wanted to spice up some very boring barrettes.
These are the Goody barrettes that often come in a back of 10, plain metal, holds the hair well, but isn't all that pretty.

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Step 1: Gather your ingredients

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Barrettes - any barrettes will do. These are Goody barrettes, that come in a pack of 10, sometimes in different sizes.

Sugru -www.sugru.com

Copper bbs - the decoration in the middle

Other tools used. Not required, but come in handy
- saran wrap
- bowl of warm, soapy water
- chopstick

Step 2: Preparation

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Since the sugru is very sticky, and will start to set about 30 minutes after you remove it from the wrapper, you will want to have your tools and workspace ready to go before you lay hands on sugru.

I covered my workspace at the kitchen table in saran wrap to prevent any damage to the table.

Make sure your barrettes, chopstick, and hands are clean before starting.
Get a bowl of warm, soapy water ready to dip your fingers or tools any time the sugru starts sticking to unwanted items.

Now, open up your sugru, and start squishing!
For this project, we used one 5g package of orange sugru.
Squish between your fingers for about 30 seconds to soften it, then split into two even pieces.

Step 3: Shaping

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1. Stick the ball of sugru to the end of the barrette where you want your charm.

2. Use the chopstick to squish the center of the ball of sugru, making a small bowl. Repeat this a few more times.

Step 4: Finishing touches

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Next, put the copper BB in the center of the bowl.
Lastly, use your fingers to pinch the edges of the bowl to make the pointy outjuttings.

Once you have the shape you like set it aside, do the same thing with the other barrette, and come back in 24 hours to enjoy the cured pieces.

hey, these are cool :) James
fairyshaman (author)  projectsugru4 years ago
Thanks! I initially wanted to make them look like gears, but decided they look more like suns instead. The ends are nice and rubbery, and flip nicely in your hand like little paddles.