Make a Photo Frame With Sugru

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Intro: Make a Photo Frame With Sugru

In this instructable I will show you how to make a photo frame with a couple of pieces of glass and some Sugru. It will fit two photos back to back and can stand on its own.

This was my first time using Sugru, so there was a bit of trial and error in the process.  I learned that dish soap is your friend when working with Sugru.  If you don't want Sugru to stick to something coat it with dish soap and instead of using gloves apply some soapy water to your hands (unless you think you might be allergic to it -see package). 

Step 1: Materials and Tools:

  • Sugru-1-2 packs
  • Two same sized pieces of glass*or acrylic large enough to hold you photo(s)
  • Cling wrap
  • Gloves
  • Soapy water (dish soap)
  • Non-permanent marker
  • Scissors
*The glass I used came from some ugly dollar store photo frames.

Step 2: Clean and Mark Spots of Glass

  • Clean the glass before you start.
  • Centre a photo on the glass (choose whether you want it to be landscape or portrait)
  • Mark two spots on the bottom of the photo with a non-permanent marker. This is where the photo will sit.
  • Mark a spot on each top corner. This is to provide spacing between the two glass pieces as well as hold them together.

Step 3: Prepare Surface and Sugru

  • Place a piece of cling wrap on your work surface.
  • Spray or dribble some soapy water on the work surface.
  • Put on your gloves* and cut open your Sugru pack.
  • Knead the Sugru to condition it.

*I ended up ditching the gloves because it was awkward to work with (they were a bit too big).  I found that if you apply soapy water to your hands it is a lot easier to work with the Sugru.  (Just test it first since there is a slight risk of an allergic reaction -see package).

Step 4: Glass Spacers

  • Pinch off four small pieces of Sugru and roll them into balls (about 3-4mm diameter).
  • Place one ball on each of the spots marked on the glass in step 2 (on the side of the glass without the ink).
  • Place the second piece of glass over top, lining up the edges.
  • Press together gently.

Step 5: Feet

  • Divide the remaining Sugru in two pieces
  • Roll into balls and place each one on the bottom edge of the glass about 1-2cm in from the sides.
  • Place the bottom edge of the glass down on the mat and flatten the Sugru out to form the feet (see image below).
  • Make sure the Sugru is tight against the sides of the glass and spreads outwards enough to allow the glass to stand upright (it won't be able to support the weight of the glass until it is cured).

Step 6: Cure

  • Lift off the photo frame from the mat, if you used soapy water the cling wrap shouldn't stick (much).
  • Lay the frame on it's side to cure (since it can't stand on it's own yet).
  • Slip in some folded paper between the glass pieces to make sure that it cures with enough space between them (we want to be able to fit two photos back to back).

Step 7: Reinforce Feet If Necessary

When it has cured test to see if it can stand upright.  Mine was able to stand and was quite stable though it leaned a bit forward*.  So I used a second pack of Sugru to fix it and make it more sturdy.

*This was probably due to the fact that I didn't put soapy water on the cling wrap (I learned about this later) so that when I lifted the frame off the mat it stuck to the cling wrap and became a bit misshapen when I was peeling it off. 

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