The Production Process
Although many bracelets are still produced with other synthetic rubber materials, the majority of today’s decorative wristbands are made specifically from silicone. Silicone is a bonded polymer substance with numerous elastomeric qualities that make it both flexible and water resistant. Originally created as an insulating material, silicone is also fairly heat resistant, but is usually susceptible to deterioration from UV exposure.
Silicone rubber stock is typically extruded into strips or tubes of varying thickness, which are then compression molded into the familiar round cross-section of a bracelet. Color dyeing is usually a pre-molding process, but most companies have a range of different colors to choose from. The silicone bands display high levels of elasticity, allowing them to stretch over most wrists. As a result, the majority of these decorative wristbands are produced with a circumference between 7 and 8.5 inches. The width is usually half an inch, while thickness is approximately a tenth of an inch.
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