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The things you discover in charity shops, thrift stores and car boot sales tend to feel special because they combine two seemingly contradictory qualities - they're both junk and treasure at the same time. I invented Sugru to help people keep and love the stuff they have instead of buying new things all the time, and rummaging in flea markets is something I love to do... so it's no surprise that my home is full of lovingly Sugru-ed items like the ones I'm sharing here!
Sugru can be used to repurpose old-fashioned things, add brightly coloured repairs and rescue unused or unloved objects. Because it's waterproof, heatproof and able to form a strong bond with almost any other material, you can have fun proudly sorting out your whole vintage collection.
Here are a few favourite projects both from my own home, and from the Sugru community...
I have a whole collection of these pastel plates from the famous Sunday flea market in Brussels. I love the 1950s style, but they were often chipped, with sharp edges. I mixed blue and green Sugru together in different amounts to get different shades of green, and now I love the bright accents!
Indeed of recycling empty jam jars, give them a new job to do - make them into cups for hot drinks by adding a non-heat transferring handle. Designer Alexis used forks for this beautiful set of office mugs.
This project was shared with us by Sugru user Mark from Amsterdam - he created a flexible colour-blended Sugru patch for a hole in this leather pouch. A few moments taken to restore it makes it ready to use for years to come!
Collect together little treasures into a display like this one made from old fishing equipment. Sugru is especially good for this because it forms a 3D bond with whatever shape you've sticking (it's also removable). Just select a frame, dig out your collection and start arranging.
This clutch bag was perfect except part of the metalwork attaching the wrist loop had come apart. A little Sugru patched it back together again, and the blue matches the print!
Costume designer Jane told us about making a vintage sewing machine work for her: 'we found a bargain - a classic Bernina machine, serviced and ready to go for £69 ($110).' But a broken dial meant that the needle position couldn't be adjusted. She recreated the missing part with Sugru, saying 'I find it more pleasing than the original - I love a repair, not to mention it saving us about £130 ($200) in the process.'
This project came from Sugru user Roxi, she says 'I use this pan to cook wheat paste, which requires constant stirring. The handle gets hot as I hold it, so I used Sugru to heatproof it.'
Some of the best finds don't cost a penny - collect driftwood or woodland sticks and make DIY hooks! Great for hanging up kitchenware, coats, or even jewellery.
Prevent hot teapots and cups from marking furniture by fashioning a built-in coaster! Sugru bonds to metals and ceramics, is fully waterproof and dishwasher proof, and makes a very satisfying quiet sound when you set it down too :)
Tom's comfy Eames-style office chair had lost a footpad. As his friend explains 'At first it seems prosaic. Boring almost. And then you realise how annoying it is to have an entire chair rendered useless by a single missing part, and how liberating it is to simply make another one. The whole chair comes back to life.'
Feeling inspired? Grab your own dysfunctional pre-loved pieces and give your collection a new lease of life with Sugru :)