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How to Melt Rubber Bands

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.

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

  2. Place the rubber bands in the pot.

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

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

  5. Tip

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

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Things You'll Need

  • Stainless steel pot
  • Wooden spoon

About the Author

Michelle Hogan is a writer and the author of 13 books including the 2005 bestselling memoir, "Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (With Kids) in America." Hogan studied English at American University and has been writing professionally since 1998. Her work has appeared in "The New York Times," "Redbook," "Family Circle" and many other publications.

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