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My favorite vibrator has a very special place in my heart: I always want to keep it close to me. I’m so happy it’s a part of my life. I love it despite its faults.
Fortunately, since we are talking about a sex toy and not a person, I can say that I’ve figured out how to fix it so that I don’t have to deal with any of its crap anymore. Enter sugru, a silicone-based “self-setting rubber.”
In particular, my favorite toy is a corded vibrator affectionately referred to as “The Bunny.” It’s a combination of this bullet vibe and this sleeve. Total cost of toy: about $27. What’s really special to me about this toy is the controller: it has four speed settings, and the “up” and “down” buttons do just what I expect — I don’t have to cycle through a bunch of weird patterns to decrease the speed from high to low.
Unsurprisingly, a toy this cheap, designed in this way, is not particularly durable. The wire at the base of the bullet got bent back and forth so much that it broke within a few months. It wasn’t until I was on my third one that I figured out a way to make it more durable: sugru!
If you’re not familiar with sugru, it’s marvelous stuff. It’s a silicone-based putty that you can use to hack all sorts of things — you can use it to repair things (patch holes, fill in gaps, add missing parts) or customize things (e.g., add bumps or ridges to make things easier to hold). It’s waterproof and heat/cold resistant, and it’s easy to work with. Once you open a pack, you have about half an hour to mold the putty, and it cures in about a day.
On my third toy, I added some sugru to the base of the bullet, and it lasted almost two years…until the end of the wire attached to the controller broke. I just bought another bullet. This time I’ve added sugru to both ends, and I expect it to last even longer.
I might also add some small dots of sugru to the “up” and “down” buttons to make them easier to use by feel.
Tips on hacking toys safely with sugru
- The makers of sugru do not say that it’s body-safe, and in fact they say it contains a couple of substances that may cause allergic reactions, Methyltris(methylethylketoxime)silane and Gamma-Aminopropyl Triethoxysilane. Even if you’ve handled sugru and found you’re not allergic, I would not recommend using sugru on anything which will be in contact with mucous membranes. Don’t put sugru directly in contact with genitals or inside someone. If you do want to modify something that will directly come into contact with genitals, cover the toy (and your sugru hack) with a condom first.
- Sugru does not adhere well to silicone. I learned this from direct experimentation: I was hoping to add texture to a silicone dildo, so I molded some rings of sugru and wrapped them around the toy. Unfortunately, when the sugru dried, it popped right off of the toy.
- What can you do with sugru? Protect wires (like I did), modify buttons or switches, make handles grippier…
If you have other tips on hacking sex toys or BDSM equipment with sugru, please share them in the comments!