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Heatproofing a Stockpot with Sugru
Thought I'd share a bit of sorta crafty, sorta science-y tomfoolery we've had going on over here this week. (I've always wanted to use the word "tomfoolery" on this blog!)
So, a while back, I did a post on CRAFT about this amazing bouncy digital camera. Go ahead and check out the little video; I'll wait.
The magic ingredient of this project is Sugru, which is a silicone clay. It sticks to lots of surfaces, molds in any shape you need, and then air dries - so you can use it to fix, remodel and hack all kinds of household objects. When this stuff is fully cured, it not only resists impacts, it's dishwasher safe and heat-resistant to about 350 degrees.
Anyway. When I did that post, Sugru's inventor, Jane ní Dhulchaointigh, sent me a nice email and offered me a little Sugru sample to mess about with. And I was all, "Hmm, let me think about tha - YES, THANK YOU!"
I went all over this apartment looking for the perfect item to improve with Sugru, and eventually settled on this stockpot. It's a gift from K's mom, and I love it and use it all the time. The handles, however, aren't heatproof, so I thought see if Sugru could do away with the need for pot holders.
The clay is very soft, like a cross between Play-Doh and cookie dough. It comes in a range of colors, so you can mix them together if you like, or create interesting marbled effects.
First, I rolled some out and smooshed it over the lid handle. There was a lot of anal-retentive smoothing, which in the end only resulted in minimal smoothness. If I'd been thinking, I'd have pressed something flat over the whole thing once it was covered.
(Also: Focus FTW!!)
Then, I made some covers for the side handles. And then, I let the whole thing sit. It takes about 24 hours for the clay to fully cure. There are some fumes while you're working with it, so use a well-ventilated area. But they dissipate pretty quickly and didn't bother me at all during the dry time.
OK, then it was time to put this bad-boy to the test. My original plan had been to cook something in the pot, but that didn't really work out. So I just boiled some water. I let it boil for fifteen minutes or so, letting the pot get good and hot.
And you know what? Those Sugru-ed handles are now nice and heatproof! I can grab right onto them and they aren't even warm.
I should say, though, that this is far from being the most original Sugru project in the world. If you want to see ingenuity in action, you should pop over to the Sugru Gallery, where people all over the world have been sharing the things they've done with this clay. It's amazing!