Introduction: Sugru Air-Gap Makey-Makey Buttons

Makey-Makey projects are really neat, but it can be difficult to come up with buttons that will last more than a few sessions.  Here is an example using Sugru that we've found to last quite a while.

Step 1:

For the first step in this project you'll need to gather:
  • Wire (different colors are nice to have)
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Sugru
  • Pliers
  • Electrical Tape
  • Scissors

Step 2:

Your next step will be the strip the ends of the wires.

Step 3:

Then use the scissors to cut small pieces of electrical tape and aluminum foil.

Step 4:

Which you will then attach to one end of each of the wires.

Step 5:

Then fold the aluminum foil into a triangular shape.

Step 6:

Now roll two small balls of Sugru, use your thumb to make an indention in them, and place the triangular contacts in them.

Step 7:

Carefully roll the edges of the Sugru, making sure to leave plenty of room for the air-gap.

Step 8:

Take both sides of your new button and place them with contacts facing, but not touching.

Step 9:

Add additional Sugru for effect and strain relief and you know have a cheap, easy and durable Air-Gap Makey-Makey Button.