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How to make heatproof grips for your pots and pans

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!

Kit

  • 4 single-use packs of Sugru
  • Scissors
  • Toilet paper
  • Masking tape
  • Soapy water

Step 1

Masking tape on metal pan handle

Work out the size of your grip and then masking tape off the area on the pan handle.

Step 2

Two balls of Sugru being held

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.

Step 3

Balls of Sugru being held in hand

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.

Step 4

Sugru spread on metal handle

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.

Step 5

Suru moulded on metal handle with finger

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.

Step 6

Sugru applied to underside of metal handle

Take the second half and press into the underside of the handle.

Step 7

Sugru spread over entire metal handle

Spread the Sugru so that the entire grip area is covered. Ensure that the Sugru is even by smoothing with your finger.

Step 8

Second roll of Sugru applied around front of handle

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.

Step 9

Roll of Sugru moulded and smoothed over on handle

Smooth the sausage into the Sugru grip so that you see no join.

Step 10

Pan handle covered in Sugru

Remove the tape.

Step 11

Edges of grip smoothed over

Press in the edges of the grip to tidy and ensure a strong bond.

Step 12

Soapy water and finger used to smooth over Sugru

Smooth with soapy water and leave to cure overnight.

Step 13

Sugru applied to pot lid handle

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.

Step 14

Sugru wrapped around pot lit handle

Flatten the sausages into the handle and wrap the edges slightly around the top and bottom.

Step 15

Soapy water and finger used to smooth over Sugru

Using soapy water, rub a trough into the centre of the Sugru, roughly a finger's width.

Step 16

Sugru smoothed over on the right

Repeat on the right...

Step 17

Sugru smoothed over on the left and centre

...and left of the centre.

Step 18

Three finger grip moulded into Sugru

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!