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Sugru Mouldable Glue Review – How We Saved £240

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Looking for a Sugru mouldable glue review?  Have a read of my experience and how we saved £240 fixing things with Sugru.  Please note this post contains affiliate links.

Have you heard of Sugru?  Sugru mouldable glue is essentially a bit of self-curing silicone.  You can use it to repair or bond almost anything made of wood, plastic, glass, metal, ceramic, or even fabric!  It’s even removable too, in case you change your mind.

I first heard of Sugru a few months ago, and thought, right, it’s just a bit of silicone, how good can that be?  But then I kept reading more and more about it.  And then I got quite excited reading about all the different things people had used Sugru mouldable glue for on their website.  We had a couple of things that needed repair. So we took the plunge and spent £6.99 on a three-pack of white Sugru.  We then waited with bated breath for the postman to arrive.

Initial Thoughts On Sugru Mouldable Glue

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When it arrived, we thought “oh, that’s not a lot of Sugru”.  And to be honest, we felt a little disappointed.  It didn’t look like a lot of product and we didn’t think it would go particularly far.  I thought this is going to be a rubbish Sugru mouldable glue review! But then we got busy with it and to put it very mildly we were very pleasantly surprised by the Sugru.  If my family weren’t probably reading this – hi mum! – then there might be expletives to describe just how surprised/amazed we were!

What We Fixed with Sugru

With the Sugru we repaired my partner’s laptop power supply that was on its last legs.  The wire had suffered wear from where it attached to the battery.  It would have cost us £40 to buy a new power supply, so this was £40 saved straight away.  

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The mended laptop power supply!

Then there was enough Sugru left over to repair my partner’s drum stool. The stool folds up but lately had been folding up of its own accord, even when we didn’t want it to!  Now, thanks to some Sugru action it can be sat on without fear!  It would have been £140 to buy a new stool of similar quality. This meant we had saved £180 in just a few minutes of use.

And after all of that, there was still a tiny bit leftover, so I made two little hooks for the inside of our bathroom cabinet. Now I hang my nail scissors and a bag containing hair baubles. Just a little hack that makes life a bit easier

We Bought More!

We were so pleased with the results that we immediately spent a further £6.99 on another three-pack of silver Sugru mouldable glue.

That was used to fix a problem with our shower that was causing it to drip all night long. This dripping causing outrage in our house!  We had tried replacing the washer, but it seemed the problem was more intrinsic than that. It seemed that there was an issue with the actual screw fitting which would need replacing.  We are not particularly technical when it comes to anything to do with plumbing so that job would have required a pro.

The silver Sugru did the job and blended in with the metalwork. We didn’t do the neatest job in the world with the Sugru – we figured it was better to be safe than sorry!

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The repaired drum stool (which got a special Sugru sticker for being brave!) and shower.

As well as saving our sanity, it would have cost us £50 in plumber call-out fees. It would then have cost us probably at least another £15 in parts (maybe more) to repair the shower. That £6.99 seemed like an absolute bargain.  

Savings to Be Made

I totted it all up and realised that just by spending £13.98 on what I originally dismissed as just a bit of silicon had actually saved us £240 in just one week. What’s more, the Sugru mouldable glue had diverted a few things from potentially going to landfill or needing to be recycled.

We still have a bit of silver Sugru left over. As such, I’m fervently eyeing everything up around the house to see what can be fixed.  Next on my repair list is a broken pan lid, and then we’re saving the rest for future repairs or hacks.

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But Is Sugru Eco-Friendly?

In case you’re wondering, Sugru in itself isn’t particularly eco-friendly as a standalone item.  Sugru is upfront about this on their website and says “a small amount of Sugru can help to prolong the life of complex and large items but in itself, as a material, it’s not particularly innovative from an environmental perspective”.  They go on to explain that:

  • Sugru is a silicone. Therefore the same environmental guides that apply to general household silicones apply to Sugru.
  • It’s not petrochemical-based, but it’s not biodegradable.
  • Sugru is manufactured in a low energy, low heat mixing process. However this is not necessarily true of its raw ingredients.
  • We encourage using the minimum possible for the job, and using any left for other potential improvements even if you don’t have another broken thing.
  • The question of the environment relating to most manufactured items is very complex. As such, we try to do our best as a company to find the most sustainable ways of doing what we do as regards raw materials, waste, recycling, and energy.
  • We work hard to encourage a culture of repair and maintenance, and a pragmatic attitude to problem solving. We hope this will help in some way towards making our culture more sustainable.

My Final Thoughts on Sugru Mouldable Glue

So, Sugru Mouldable Glue is not the greenest product in the world. However, I personally feel from a making do and mend perspective that it’s a really handy product to have to hand. I think that anything that makes it easy for us to repair complex items without having to buy new ones should always be encouraged.  This is just as well because I’m going to make sure I always have some Sugru to hand!

You can buy Sugru direct from their website or from your local branch of Maplin. And whilst we’re on the subject of fixing things up, here’s some handy advice on how to get your home ready for winter.

Have you used Sugru?  What did you think of it?  And what have you fixed or made with it?

ps: this Sugru Mouldable Glue review isn’t sponsored in any way by Sugru. I would have told you at the top of the post if it was. I’m just sharing the love of a product I’ve really enjoyed using and found really really useful.

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How to Make Beeswax Tealight Candles

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Let me show you how to make beeswax tealight candles!

I find January to be such a dark month, especially once the Christmas lights have been packed away.  I always think we need a bit of light and sparkle to get us through the month.  So, at the weekend I experimented with making my own beeswax tealight candles.

It was so easy and successful (for a crafting novice like myself!) that I’ve put together a simple easy guide on how to make beeswax tealights for you.  Hopefully, it will help brighten up your month too.

I always assumed that making candles would be difficult or would require some specialist equipment or tools.  The good news is that you don’t!  In fact, you can make these beautiful beeswax tealight candles in about twenty minutes flat in your own kitchen.  The best bit is you don’t need any specialist equipment.  Nothing more than some basic candle-making supplies, an old tin can, and a saucepan of water will suffice!

How to Make Beeswax Tealight Candles

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Ingredients

To make beeswax tealight candles you will need:

4 metal or ceramic containers I used old pie tins found on eBay*.
Approximately 300g beeswax pellets* for four tealights
4 petroleum-free candle wicks with sustainers*
Clean tin can
Saucepan
Newspaper
Bamboo Skewers

Instructions

To make beeswax tealight candles, first, gauge how many pellets you need per holder. To do this, simply fill your container with beeswax pellets. Pour these into the tin can, and then repeat. Through trial and error, I’ve found that to get the right amount of wax you need double the amount of pellets that your container can hold.

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Next, put some newspaper down to protect your work surface.

Now put your tin can containing the pellets into a small saucepan of boiling water, and keep boiling. Just take care not to get any water into your can.

Whilst the pellets are heating in the can, stir with a bamboo skewer to help the wax break down into a liquid. It should take around 15-20 minutes to completely liquefy.

Once the wax has completely liquefied turn off the hob.  Next, using an oven glove, very very carefully lift the hot can out of the water.  Now slowly pour the melted beeswax into your tealight candle container. Take extreme care with this as the wax will be very very hot.

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Add your wick.  It may need support with a skewer until the wax starts to firm up again.

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Once the beeswax tealight candles have hardened trim your wick to no more than 1cm in height.

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Finally, burn as you would any other candle.

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As with any candles always bur your beeswax tealight candle on a heat-resistant surface, and never leave a burning candle unattended.

Variations on Beeswax Tealight Candles

You can use any metal or ceramic container that you like for these beeswax tealight candles.  I picked up these old metal pies tins on eBay last year and have been hoarding them until I could decide how best to use them.  However, I saw that Artemis of Junkaholique made candles in enamel mugs that looked really pretty too.  I’ve also seen candles made in teacups before.  And you could even use tin cans for extra recycling points!

If you want to make scented beeswax tealight candles you could add some essential oils to the pellets as you’re melting them down.  Lavender is one scent that immediately springs to mind that could be really nice!

I think these beeswax tealight candles would make a lovely eco-friendly gift idea.  I kind of wish I had thought to make them before Christmas, but hey, it’s a good excuse to keep them all to myself!

If you have any beeswax leftover, then these beeswax wraps are another really easy and practical make. And if DIY isn’t for you, do check out my guide to the best beeswax candles to buy, to get all the benefits without any of the work!

beeswax candle DIY

Here’s to a light and bright January!