How to make heatproof grips for your pots
Improve any pot with metal handles to be easier to use
Pots and pans often come with insulation-free metal handles, and when they do it's easy to end up with a mucky tea towel during a busy cooking session (or worse, burnt hands!)
Luckily Sugru is heat resistant up to 180°C (356°F) and therefore perfect for making heatproof grips on your kitchen kit. It's also waterproof, so washing it all up is as easy as ever!
Work out the size of your grip and then masking tape off the area on the pan handle.
Split the 20g of Sugru into a 15g and 5g piece. We will first be working with the larger piece so put the smaller one aside - we'll come back to that in a minute.
We've done a bit of colour mixing here to get this lovely blue. If you want to try it yourself then be sure to check out this handy guide.
Take the larger piece and split into a 3/4 and 1/4 piece. Put the smaller piece aside for now but be sure not to mix up with the other.
Split the larger piece into two. Make a half into a long flat piece almost the length of the grip. Press it roughly into the handle.
Spread the Sugru on the handle over the top and one of the sides of the handle. Make sure that you spread it slightly over the edge of the masking tape.
Take the second half and press into the underside of the handle.
Spread the Sugru so that the entire grip area is covered. Ensure that the Sugru is even by smoothing with your finger.
Take the piece that you separated from the 15g piece before applying to handle. Roll this into a sausage, long enough to wrap around the sides and bottom of the handle. Place this sausage about 1cm back from the edge of the masking tape.
Smooth the sausage into the Sugru grip so that you see no join.
Remove the tape.
Press in the edges of the grip to tidy and ensure a strong bond.
Smooth with soapy water and leave to cure overnight.
Now to concentrate on the pot lid. Take the 5g of Sugru that you had first split from the 20g. Divide into two and make into sausages that are a little longer than the width of your index and middle fingers. Press one sausage into each side.
Flatten the sausages into the handle and wrap the edges slightly around the top and bottom.
Using soapy water, rub a trough into the centre of the Sugru, roughly a finger's width.
Repeat on the right...
...and left of the centre.
Repeat until you have a distinctive three finger grip. Do the same on the other side. Leave to cure overnight.
The next day, take a moment to admire your handiwork. Then cook up a storm!