Custom Silicone Wristbands
You may have heard the term "rubber bracelet" before. The name seems rather clear—a bracelet that is stretchy or rubberlike. But you have probably also heard these bracelets called other things as well, such as silicone wristbands. Like with many things, it is not uncommon to have two names for the same product. Just think of products like tennis shoes and sneakers or backpacks and bookbags. But does curiosity ever grab hold of you and make you wonder what the other name might mean? Is there a reason why we call things by two names? While you may use the term "rubber bracelets" often, it is likely you have called them by their other name, too. But do you really know what silicone is? If not, maybe it is a good time to take a minute and understand what custom silicone wristbands are made of. And, who knows, maybe you'll be able to impress your friends next time you see them wearing one.
So what is silicone? Silicones are often referred to as polymers, or compounds of materials that are combined to make up various products. That doesn't exactly narrow it down, does it? The fact is, silicones are used for a variety of purposes from breast implants to grease. As it has been defined, "Silicones are largely inert compounds with a wide variety of forms and uses. Typically heat-resistant, nonstick, and rubberlike, they are frequently used in cookware, medical applications, sealants, lubricants, and insulation." You may be interested to note some of the amazing properties of silicone that make it so useful for so many reasons. Silicone repels water; is resistant to oxygen, ozone, and UV light; has good electrical insulation; is non-stick and mostly non-toxic ; and it has low chemical reactivity.
Recently, as silicone technology has greatly improved, making silicone products widely available to consumers and businesses alike who are demanding new uses for silicone-based products. In fact, entire companies are now devoted to making only silicone-based products. You may actually be quite surprised at how many different uses there are for silicone. On Wikipedia, you will notice that an entire section is devoted to many different uses for silicones including aquarium joints, automotive, coatings, cookware, defoaming, dry cleaning, electronics, firestops, lubricants, medicine, moldmaking, personal care, plumbing, toys, and others.
Of course, silicone wristbands are one of these many products that have hit the marketplace as a popular way to make a statement. As a synthetic material that can be easily molded and colored, silicone is perfect for wristbands. While silicone was originally used to make tubes, chords, and "O" rings, it can easily be made to fit around your wrist. And, they are very easy to customize. You have probably heard of non-profit and charity organizations, such as the "Live Strong" foundation, that imprint slogans into these silicone wristbands to make a statement. The imprints are three dimensional engravings that can easily be put on any wristband and in any color. And, the rubberlike material makes them comfortable, light, easy to remove, and easy to fit on just about anybody. Plus, like rubber and other plastics, they are durable so you don't have to worry about them ripping or snapping easily.
With such a perfect material for inexpensive, durable, and colorful bracelets, it is no wonder that silicone wristbands have become so popular. All kinds of groups from school clubs to family reunions, from cure-for-cancer organizations to corporate gatherings are using these wristbands to send a message. The question might well be, what will you use a silicone wristband for?