How to Melt Rubber Bands

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How to Melt Rubber Bands
Melted rubber bands can yield an effective glue. (Hemera Technologies/AbleStock.com/Getty Images)

Melting rubber bands may cause you a headache because of the pungent smell it produces. However, melted rubber bands do make an effective adhesive. Once melted, a small nylon or foam paint brush can be used to apply the adhesive to most projects using paper or fabric. Other applications like wood or hard materials will require a little trial and error to see if they work. Melt your rubber bands outside; if at all possible do it over a grill or other outdoor heat source.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Stainless steel pot
  • Wooden spoon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Spray a stainless steel or enamel-coated cast iron pot with vegetable oil cooking spray.

  2. 2

    Place the rubber bands in the pot.

  3. 3

    Place the pot on the stove and set to low heat.

  4. 4

    Stir the rubber bands occasionally with a metal or wooden utensil. The rubber bands will melt slowly in the pot.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear a face mask while melting the rubber bands if the smell bothers you.

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