In December I ordered some Sugru. It is a new "silicone rubber that moulds and sticks. Permanently." I probably read about it on Boing Boing or Engadget, maybe Craft:zine. I bought three sample packs that have several little packets of each color: black, red, green, and blue. I thought of including a pack in my Dad's Christmas stocking, but then forgot.
Saturday I finally used it. I used one of the tiny 5g packets of green to make the ratcheting handle of my new rotary circle cutter more finger-friendly. I cut about 300 three inch circles in white felt on Saturday evening and my right index finger was a bit raw from the grooved plastic. There is a ridge where handle changes diameter and it was grinding into my hand. I used the Sugru to create a cushion, like those rubber grips used to correct pencil posture.
I was pretty excited to finally use it but was disappointed. It seemed a bit dried out to me and wasn't as pliable as I expected. It didn't seem to stick either, but the packaging does say "some plastics." I haven't tried the modified cutter yet. It was still curing yesterday.
Today I received a surprise package from Sugru. It contained a package of green sugru (6x 10g & 3x 5g) and this note:
"11 Feb '10
We recently re-tested a small batch of green sugru that was sent out in December and found that it was not as good as it should have been. If you got it, you'll still be able to use it but it might not be quite as AMAZING as we'd hoped, it'll be more difficult to work with than it should be. We've sorted the problem out now, but that's not really enough, so we're giving you more.
Now that is awesome proactive customer service. I didn't even know there was a problem and they replaced my product. Now I need to come up with another use quickly so I can compare the experiences. Thanks Sugru!
I have about 300 more circles to cut. I hope my hack helps.