Over Christmas some friends who were visiting brought to my attention a new product available called Sugru. It was formulated in the United Kingdom and named after the woman who created it. Its properties and uses, I feel, hold tremendous potential for the disabled community. I ordered some and anxiously awaited its arrival.
Sugru - Very Useful Product
The information contained here which is from the Sugru website will be so indicated by italics.
Sugru is the extraordinary new moldable glue designed for fixing, making and improving your stuff. It’s the only glue on the planet that sticks to almost anything, molds like play-dough, then cures overnight into a durable silicone rubber. Once it’s cured, Sugru has some pretty amazing properties, making it perfect for use everywhere – from your home to the great outdoors.
Sugru sticks permanently to lots of stuff like ceramics, glass, metal, wood, and most plastics and fabrics. Just push it onto something, then it’s time to build, seal, fix, create and stick things together. You’ll have 30 minutes to get the job done. Give it 24 hours, and Sugru turns into a durable, flexible silicone rubber that stays stuck (unless you remove it).
Some of the properties of Sugru include that it is adhesive, waterproof, flexible, heat resistant, cold resistant, soft touch, strong & durable, removable and improves grip.
Handihelp and Sugru
If you have poor fine motor skills, like I do, some of the uses may call for assistance. Several of my early projects required the help of my friend Steve. Molding Sugru, like Play-Dough, is certainly doable, as you can see. At first, we fixed a flashlight which was broken where the light fastened to the legs. In the picture at the right,you can see a small portion of red Sugru showing where they were glued together. It works fine. We also used it to build up "buttons" to make them more accessible such as my camera's shutter switch which is on the front downward curve of the camera making it difficult to locate. The safety on my rifle is flush to the trigger housing and almost impossible to find. Steve cut the end off a knitting needle and Sugrued it the safety. It now sticks out the side and is easy to locate. A ring of white Sugru was also placed on a rod used to close drapes so it will stop my hand from sliding down the rod any further (like a Stop) and I can pull the drapes closed.
We were amazed how easily it was to use and were impressed how well it stood up to every day use. Check out the Sugru Website for many more ideas.