A quick earbud holder project with Sugru self-setting rubber.
Keeps your earbuds from getting tangled.
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Step 1: Materials
You'll need about two 5 gram packs of Sugru and some plastic wrap.
You can use a piece of plastic wrap as a surface to mold your Sugru on or just use use your hands. Form it into the basic shape you want for your earbud holder. It's helpful to use another piece of plastic wrap to keep it from sticking to your fingers and make everything smooth but I found that out too late hence the shoddy workmanship :)
You'll have about 30 minutes to get the shape right before it starts to set, as you can tell I probably took a little too long.
You can keep the plastic wrap under the Sugru, then place another piece of plastic wrap (not shown here) between the sugru and your earbuds and press them into the Sugru to get the right shape. Mold some sugru over the edges to hold them in place (If I made it again I think I'd try molding some more over the top of the earbuds).
Make sure to take into account the volume controller on your earbuds. I should've made my holder a little longer so it would wrap better without that getting in the way.
Finally pull the plastic wrap covering your earbuds back slowly leaving just the sugru. Finish any molding and then leave the other piece of plastic wrap under your holder while it sets for 24 hours.
Don't let your earbuds come into contact with the Sugru before it's dried -- it's hard to clean it off.
After 24 hours peal the plastic wrap off to reveal your creation.
Then wrap it up how you like.
I think there's probably a lot of ways to make this better. If you figured out the earbud holders length based on your winding pattern, you could then mold a hole or small enclosure near the top or bottom of the holder that the plug could slide into. Then you wouldn't have to bother with slipping it under the cord to secure it.