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Topic # 189592 5-Jan-2016 15:42
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A while back I bought online some 2-pot (blue and white, I think) silicone putty to make earplugs.

You just mixed the stuff together in your hands until the color was even then stuffed half into each ear. Ten minutes later - voyler, re-useable earplugs.

Now, I want to make some more, but durnit, I've forgotten how to contact the guy (USA) who sold me the stuff.

Anyone able to help with this?

Thanks :-)

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  Reply # 1461801 5-Jan-2016 16:43
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Nuplex sell lots of that sort of stuff for the modelmaking and special FX industries locally.




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  Reply # 1461807 5-Jan-2016 17:04

You can buy packs of silicone wax ear plugs in any Pharmacist, costing $10-14/pack.



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  Reply # 1462130 6-Jan-2016 09:13
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rich.ms: You mean these guys? http://www.nuplexconstruction.co.nz/catalogue.html
Couldn't see anything in their catalog.

idle: Not the same thing. The mold-able silicone plugs fit your ears' contours perfectly, go in and out in 2-3 seconds, and last for years. Much better than the throwaways. The only reason I want some more is because my first sets were made to contain some audio ear buds. Now, I just want to make some ear plugs so I don't have to put up with other gym users' choice of music!

Closest I've come to finding what I want is a product called Sugru, and I've emailed them to find out if the stuff is suitable. The other one is a DIY concoction that the inventor calls 'Oogroo' which is made up of acetic-cure silicon mixed with cornflour. It seems to work but it's messy, smelly and a bit painful, due to the prolonged skin contact with acetic acid while the plugs set.

No, the 2-pot silicon thing was way better. Wow, as I type, I've just remembered that one brand on offer back then, around 2006, was 'Radians'. Hopefully they'll still be in business.

Cheers :-)

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  Reply # 1462138 6-Jan-2016 09:23

The Pharmacy silicone plugs are designed to be molded and re-used. They mold easily in the warmth of a hand. I know, I use them, having a Stapedius Myoclonus (but we wont go there!).

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  Reply # 1462142 6-Jan-2016 09:27
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I've bought from the earplug superstore and been happy with their product, prices, and no services has even been required.




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  Reply # 1462155 6-Jan-2016 09:48
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geekIT: rich.ms: You mean these guys? http://www.nuplexconstruction.co.nz/catalogue.html
Couldn't see anything in their catalog.


No, http://www.nuplex.com/composites/products/browse-products/rubbermoulding.aspx

Set it to NZ on the right because they got a lot of other lines in when topmark shut down




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  Reply # 1462256 6-Jan-2016 12:37
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idle, I know that one. It's nasty. Seen this link?
http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Ear--Nose--Throat/Stapedial-Myoclonus/show/1258861

timmmay: Yeah, took a look at that site. Prices are pretty good.

rich.ms: Ta. Emailed them.

Well, after much searching online I found quite a few NZ sellers of the Radians two-part silicone product, so I guess the cheapest of those will get a call. Cheapest? The pack costs US$10.13 in the States and the best price I've found so far is NZ$28. America must have one of the most expensive postal systems in the world, externally, anyway. There have been quite a few times I've wanted something from the US but pulled the plug when the freight cost turned out to be twice the price of the item. Maybe that's where the label 'Land of the Fee' comes from <gr>

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  Reply # 1465584 8-Jan-2016 08:44
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Another option is Plugz for Lugz usually can go and get them done whenever there is a motorcycle event somewhere as that's who often buy them :)  They have a version for music or without.

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