Introduction: Pet ID Tag With Sugru
I recently ditched my land line so had to change all the pet's ID tags to my cell phone number, plus my kitty Squid Bean, constantly looses his tag mysteriously in the night, I think the neighborhood is peppered with my old phone number and lots of nice collars. I loved ChrysN's Instrcuctable on how to make a pet tag so much, but I didn't have a toaster oven.
If you don't yet know about Sugru I will give you a little information here, otherwise move right along to the steps. So, Sugru is a really great new product made in London. It acts like sticky clay for a few minutes, then acts like clay for half hour or so, then it hardens and acts like rubber. In fact it is silicone rubber. The hardest thing about using it it to open the package and think what to do with it - once you do that though the ideas just keep coming. But don't open the package until you know what you want to do.
It bonds to itself, aluminium, steel, ceramics, glass, wood, leather and some plastics. Go to their website to find out how to buy it and for lots of great ideas on what to do with it at Sugru.
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Step 1: Suppllies
Taxi Bean is a 40 pound dog, if you have a smaller dog just use a smaller size key ring. I used some old stirling silver rings that I was not wearing anymore to make smaller tags for my cat Squid Bean and my wiener dog Possum Bean. A photo of a smaller one is at the end of this Instructable.
I used metal stamping letters and numbers for the small tags to imprint into the Sugru the names and numbers. I thought by rubbing paint into the indentations that that would show up the information well. The paint turned the Sugru sort of grey though it did fill in the indentations nicely, I prefer the pencil poking method that I describe here. I show the tube of paint just in case you are thinking like I was.
Step 2: How Much Do You Need?
Step 3: Freezer Paper
Step 4: Poke a Hole
Step 5: Use Your Pencil
Just using your pencil poke, poke, poke, the information you want on your tag.
Step 6: Wait
Wait about 10 minutes before you try to carefully peel the tag from the freezer paper to make a design on the back. Then do so. If you peel too early and the front gets messed up, just roll it into a ball and start again. In 24 hours you are good to go. But realistically you have about 20 minutes to work on your project before the Sugru becomes too stiff. As you can see, the indentations on the back of the tag are not as deep as the front.
Step 7: Done
This one was made in a stirling silver ring I didn't wear anymore. I live in an area where we have to use the area code to make a local call so there was just enough room to squeeze all those numbers on the back. If you live in an area where you only dial 7 numbers you will have a lot more room.
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If you don't like the jingly sound your pet's tag(s) make, take a look at this 'ible on how to make quiet dog tags - also with Sugru!