Unique Sugru jewellery projects
Seeing people discover new ways to use Sugru Mouldable Glue always gets us excited, and some of the most creative ideas come from jewellery makers. The handmade jewellery scene has really found its home online in the last few years, with sites like Instructables, Cut Out +Keep, Zibbet, and of course, Pinterest, are helping people share, inspire and sell their creations.
Sugru is great for jewellery projects as it bonds to most materials, and unlike glues and epoxies, it's easy for anyone to form by hand. It will bond almost any materials together and can help fill weird gaps that glues can't. You can even mix Sugru colours together to make new colours!
Take a look at these amazing ideas from Sugru-ers around the world, who are finding new ways to use Sugru in their creations!
1. Make contemporary jewellery
Maria used Sugru as both a decorative tool and a way of making her jewellery. She made these pieces using cross-sections of old vines, with bright red Sugru in the cracks to make some really fascinating effects — beautiful!
2. Steampunk crafting
Steampunk jewellery made with @sugru magic putty stuff! Post soon pic.twitter.com/UNKOUfoPyb
— Lily (@lilydoble) July 15, 2014
Lily used Sugru to make some incredible authentic jewellery to accompany her outfit for a steampunk wedding she was attending! She made her steampunk brown shade from 60% yellow, 30% red and 10% black Sugru.
3. Make seashell pendants
Jennifer used Sugru as a tidy adhesive instead of the usual glues that have proved messy for this use. She has now made some beautiful pendants with this clean and simple process! She also applied some Sugru to strengthen the edges.
4. Use old bike parts to make jewellery!
Katie Wallace has a mission: "to repurpose used stuff to create bespoke products. The vision is to save all bicycle waste from landfills (whoa!)."
Katie takes bits of bike chains that would end up as scrap and turns them into lovely pieces of jewellery like the one above! What is great about Katie's resourcefulness is that not only is she recycling, but she is also using lots of different kinds of metals that could often not even be recycled.
If you love being resourceful, then you will enjoy our blog post on Katie's Bike: Turn bicycle waste into bling!
5. Combining Sculpey + Sugru
Heather sculpts jewellery out of Sculpey. When she was struggling to find a way of making the ring without the bottom tentacles breaking, Sugru was the perfect solution. She was able to mix a colour that she liked to sculpt the tentacles directly onto her piece!
6. Make unique coin cufflinks
Sugru-er, Jasper, made some incredible creative cufflinks using some Sugru and two five pence pieces.
He's even written a step-by-step guide to help you create your own unique cufflinks!
7. Attach jewellery fastenings without the fuss
Kellee is an illustrator and painter who makes beautiful wearable objects out of her creations.
"I found that I only needed a tiny bit of Sugru to cover the fixing. I tested it on one of my brooches and left it overnight to set. I thought about it a lot... I think I may have even dreamt about it!"
8. Make multicoloured Sugru beads
Antenne experimented mixing up her Sugru single-use packs and discovered she could create her own colours!
"The best things happen by accident!"
She used a knitting needle to make little holes and then threaded them up on a necklace to let them set, and by morning... voilà beads!
9. Personalise a plain ring with a gemstone
Rebecca used a pack of Sugru she received for Christmas to add a gemstone to her ring.
"It holds a stone and sticks to silver....bonus!"
This is a great way of creatively using any left over Sugru you may have.
PRO TIP: If you keep Sugru in the fridge, you can triple the number of months you have left!
10. Make a unique charm
Juliette made an charm based upon a Pokemon alphabet, making the letter J as her initial! Juliette used black and white Sugru and wrapped it around a bent paper clip to hang it from a necklace chain.
11. Make a Sugru bracelet
Puja used Sugru to make a monochrome custom accessory, but this could be made using a variety of colours.
Check out her post on how to make an awesome contrast bracelet!
12. Customise your storage box for your jewellery!
Liz likes being innovative, and she is particularly crafty when it comes to hacks! She had a plain wooden box where she stores her jewellery. She found that her necklaces and bracelets got tangled up, so she used some screws and Sugru to solve the problem!
"Overall, this was a fix that was rather organic in its making rather than a fully planned out endeavour from the start".
She started off by using only screws. However, she found them to be rather garish, and the screws did not quite stick out far enough. This is where Sugru came in handy. She used it to elongate the pegs she was making and create a better surface for the jewellery to hang from.
13. Make beautiful travel jewellery!
This Sugru-er loves to turn objects found on her travels into jewellery, so much so that she is adding Sugru to her mix of tools that she takes along on her next trip. She has made two pendant fossils from Robin Hood Bay on the North Yorkshire Coast of England and a pendant made from a stone from Yasothon in Thailand.
"Twenty-four hours later, I was wearing my locally sourced, one-of-a-kind necklace into the Jewellery Exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum - I felt right at home!"
Visit the Projects & Inspiration page for more ideas.