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I actually don’t care too much, personally, for the way this looks, but serious kudos to designer Nicola Zocca for outside-the-box thinking. What other clever off-label uses for heat shrink plastic are we missing? [via NOTCOT]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Desco

    We use it to add or replace the rubber coating on the handles of fencing swords. Gives a really nice grip through the glove, so I would think it could be used for any handle you would like an improved rubber-ish grip on– hammers, wrenches, pliers, garden tools, other sports equipment, musical instruments, exercise equipment, pens or brushes… It even comes in clear, so you could put it on something you don’t want to get dinged up, like brass door handles. And since its like $1 for four feet, you can easily replace it if it gets chewed up.

  • Simon

    I used heatshrink to cover the handbrake handle in my MGB. As Desco says it provides a nice grip.

  • Dave H

    I’ve used heat shrink tubing to make skirts for blowgun darts. Use tubing that just fits the inside of the blowtube before shrinking. Shrink one end around the body of the dart and leave the trailing end unshrunk.

  • jfernsler

    I used heatshrink on my sunglasses when the plastic around the temple pieces crumbled. Much more comfortable now.