Commonly seen during charity functions, sporting events, and everyday fashion are silicon wristbands. These are small, circular rubber bracelets that come in a variety of colors. They can be designed to carry distinct designs and patterns and can be mixed and matched as desired. Although there are different kinds of materials that can be used to fabricate these bracelets with, silicon is one of the most popular choices today.
Silicon is a type of rubber that has a versatile structure making it highly durable. It is used in a variety of consumer products, most of which are on the industrial level, but this does not mean that they are limited to such a function. These days, this particular material is commonly used in products that serve other purposes. Silicone has also managed to penetrate the fashion industry with the birth of everything from belts to bracelets to purses even. When it comes to the latter, the silicon wristbands constitute a significant amount in total yearly revenues.
Another common term used in referring to silicon bracelets are gel bands. They have garnered such a moniker because they indeed look and feel as if they were made from hardened gel. They are expandable and have a high tolerance against stretching. They are durable and are relatively unbreakable. They are very gentle on the wrists especially when worn as bracelets and the best part is that they have a hypoallergenic component which reduces the onset of rashes, chafing, or any type of discomfort when the silicon wristbands are worn.
This type of rubber is commonly used in the making of these bracelets because silicon, in general, is a rather cheap raw material. It is more cost-effective to use especially during large production runs. Aside from saving the manufacturers tons of money in the fabrication process, they in turn save the consumers a lot in retail prices. The low cost of production leads to a high potential for profit especially when the finished products are used during fundraising events. This allows its patrons to generate significant amounts of money that can be used for more meaningful activities. This is one of the reasons why these silicon wristbands are very popular amongst charitable groups.
Depending on the source, these gel bracelets can be made using one hundred percent silicon or a mix of silicon and other synthetic rubbers. Aside from its elasticity, the silicon component also makes the bracelets resistant to water further increasing its durability, considering how water can easily break down other materials given significant exposure. Everything starts with the stocks of rubber, silicon or mixed, which are heated until their melting points are achieved. The melted rubber is then combined with the dyes. This process can include one hue or a slew of colors creating a rainbow effect. They are then extruded with machines to form rubber strips. During this stage, the rubber is partially cooled to a temperature that is viable for material handling.
The rubber tubing can be molded into different widths depending on what is needed. They are cut into desired lengths and then both ends are partially heated so that they can be fastened together without the need for any adhesive. The bracelet is cooled once more and then shipped off for designing, printing, and distribution. The process of making silicon wristbands may be daunting but an hour’s worth of effort can result in the fabrication of thousands of wristbands.
These bracelets can be designed to carry different styles of text. Some can even handle more elaborate designs especially when companies require their logos to be printed onto the band.