For Christmas my sister got me a bag of Sugru. It's a silicon/rubber clay like substance that you can mold like clay. You can mold it to fit just about anything, and it sticks to a variety of surfaces. You can mold it to fix, create, or decorate. Once molded, you leave the sugru cure for 24 hours or so, and you have an awesomely fixed/made object.
Sugru Project 1
One of my favorite things to do with Sugru so far is attach magnets to things. I've attached magnets to my speaker pod, plastic eyes, and my favorite - a flashlight.
My Leatherman S3 is probably my favorite flashlight. However there's plenty of times when I need to hold it in my mouth or precariously balance it on some nearby object. Well, not any more! The rare earth magnet is strong enough to hold my flashlight to any magnetic surface. I also like that I can attach my flashlight to my coat via the plates that I put in my coat last month.
Sugru Project 2
The biggest pain in shooting these was the lack of a tripod mount. I hacked together some temporary solutions via tape and zip-ties, but I knew I needed a proper case that I could mount on a tripod. Last year I played with making my own self-stabilizing camera mount, so I had some nuts left over that were compatiable with the standard tripod bolt. I picked up a cheap iPhone case from Marshall's, and started to apply Sugru.
So far the case is holding up amazingly. I'll need to do some stress testing, but overall I'm very happy with it.
Sugru Project 3
Some SD cards have a little tab that lock protects the card. This is a nice feature, however it can disable a card if the tab was to ever come out. That was the case for my sister's 4GB SD card that she uses with her camera. Without the tab, she could no longer take pictures to the card.
It turns out that the tab on the SD card is much like the read-only tab on 3.5" floppy disks - that is, the mechamism has nothing to do with the circuitry of the media, but its an optical mechanism for the reader. In this case, if the optical reader on the camera can 'see' through where a tab should be, it will not write to the card. With a flopp disk, you can make a read-only disk writable with a piece of tape. Here, instead of tape, I used Sugru. After a little molding and curing, the card goes into the camera with no friction or worry of getting stuck.
Sugru Project 4My final Sugru project is a bit on the silly side. I give you : Sugru Presidents. More images...
That's all for this week. I'm feeling good about TAW. Onward!