Remaking History

Charles Goodyear and the Vulcanization of Rubber

Written by William Gurstelle

Re-create the process that gave us car tires, rubber bands, and the boots on your feet


Hep Svadja

Time Required: An Afternoon

Cost: Under $10


» Pliatex Mold Rubber Pliatex is a compounded natural rubber latex product that’s been partially vulcanized. It’s available at craft stores and online. See sculpturehouse. com/s-278-mold-making-materials.aspx for information.

» White vinegar

» Water

» Food coloring (optional)


» Bowls (2)

» Measuring spoon

» Stirring spoon

» Candy mold

WILLIAM GURSTELLE is a contributing editor of Make: magazine. ...

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