Have you ever reached for your favorite Orbeez stress ball only to find it sadly deflated with a big hole in it? I know I have, and let me tell you, it’s a total bummer. Those super squishy, sensory Orbeez balls are so fun to squeeze when you’re feeling stressed or just need some sensory stimulation for your hands.
But when your ball springs a leak, it loses its stimulating and stress-relieving abilities quick.
Not to worry though, with a few easy steps and basic household supplies, you can patch up your leaky Orbeez ball and have it good as new again in no time! I’ll walk you through how to properly fix a hole in an Orbeez stress ball so you can get back to playing with your gel bead filled buddy.
- Prepare for Repair: Before fixing the hole, rinse the ball with soap and water. Make sure it’s fully dry and identify all holes that need to be sealed. Drain excess water and beads to make it easier to work on.
- Internal Sealing: Use clear tape or a sealant like silicone or superglue to cover the hole from the inside. Use a clamp to help the sealant bond and check for any leaks by gently squeezing the ball.
- External Patching: After sealing the hole from the inside, apply another layer of tape or sealant to the external part of the hole. Allow time for the adhesive to fully dry before using the ball again. For added strength, consider using grip tape.
- Refill and Reinforce: If the ball has lost a lot of beads, refill it with new, soaked Orbeez. Avoid overstuffing. To prevent future holes, consider wrapping the ball with an additional layer of clear packing tape or mesh tape, and avoid exposure to UV light.
So, What Causes the Holes?
There are a few common ways an Orbeez ball can end up with a hole that leaks all your precious gel beads. Here are some of the main causes:
- Punctures from sharp objects – Pins, needles, scissors, pens, etc. can poke right through the flexible plastic if stored near your Orbeez ball. Keep sharp objects far away!
- Pet chewing – Dogs and cats may view your orbeez ball as a potential chew toy and bite into it, creating a puncture. Gotta keep it away from pets!
- Kids chewing on them – Toddlers and young kids may be tempted to test out the squishy orbeez ball with their teeth, sometimes tearing the plastic. Supervise playtime!
- Normal wear and tear – If you exclusively squeeze one spot over and over, eventually it can degrade and split open. Rotate your squeezes!
- Cheap plastic casing – Lower quality Orbeez balls may be made of thinner, brittle plastic prone to cracking more easily. Buy better quality!
- Overstuffing the ball – Cramming too many orbeez beads inside stresses the casing and can cause it to rupture. Follow the filling instructions!
So in summary, holes usually occur due to intense squishing, chewing, accidental punctures, or low quality materials. Read on for how to fix them!
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How to Fix a Hole in an Orbeez Stress Ball?
Before you can patch up that hole, you need to stop the bleeding of orbeez beads! Follow these steps to prep your ball for repair:
- Rinse it out – Wash the ball with soap and water to clean out any leaked gel and allow it to fully air dry. This prevents sealants sticking to any residue.
- Check for more holes – Examine the ball closely and make sure you identify all holes needing repair. Just sealing one hole won’t help if there are multiple leaks!
- Drain the excess – Lightly squeeze the ball to drain out any excess water and beads through the hole so it’s easier to work on.
- Find the hole orientation – Locate where the actual hole opening is facing so you know which side to apply sealant both inside and out.
Now your orbeez ball should be clean, dry and ready for you to patch things up!
Seal the Hole from the Inside
To do this repair properly, you need to plug up the hole from both the inside and outside of the ball. This seals in any remaining beads and creates a waterproof barrier.
Start by sealing just the inside puncture first:
- Use clear tape or a glue sealant – Place a piece of sturdy clear tape directly over the small opening on the inside of the ball. Or you can apply a dab of clear sealant like silicone or superglue over just the inside hole.
- Work the sealant in – Rub the tape or glue sealant firmly from the center outward to help it adhere and create a smooth seal over the hole.
- Clamp it – You can use a clamp or binder clip over the sealed hole for 30 mins to help it bond firmly in place on the inside.
- Check for leakage – Once the inside seal has set, gently squeeze the ball and make sure no beads are still able to leak out.
Sealing just the inside hole will act as a barrier to prevent any more orbeez from escaping through the puncture as you work on the outside repair.
Patch the Hole from the Outside
Now that your leak is plugged internally, you need to reinforce and patch the outer hole opening:
- Use tape, glue or a bandage – Cover the puncture hole on the outside surface with strips of strong clear tape, superglue or a self-adhesive bandage/blister patch.
- Smooth it out – Once applied, rub over the outside patch to help it adhere smoothly and blend with the surface of the ball.
- Allow proper drying – Let any glues or tape strips cure fully before using the ball again so it doesn’t peel up. Read label directions.
- Consider grip tape – You can also patch the area with grip tape or mesh tape for extra reinforcement so it doesn’t tear again.
- Inspect the patch – Check all edges are fully sealed without any gaps where leaks could reoccur. Press firmly on the patch to test its bond.
This double seal of both an inside plug and outside patch provides a complete waterproof seal to prevent any more orbeez from escaping through that hole!
Refill Your Sad Looking Ball
If your ball has lost a lot of its bead filling from the leak, it might be looking a bit deflated. Not to worry – you can totally rejuvenate it with new orbeez:
- Calculate how much it needs – Estimate roughly how many ounces or beads leaked out to know how much refilling it needs.
- Replenish the beads – Soak some new dry orbeez in water per package instructions until fully expanded, then use a funnel to add more beads through the hole until the ball looks full again.
- Don’t overfill it – Be careful not to overstuff it or force in beads, as too much pressure can cause new cracks. Follow recommended filling capacity.
There’s nothing sadder than a flat, puckered Orbeez ball. Refilling it will have your ball looking bouncy and full in no time!
Strengthen Your Ball to Prevent More Holes
You can take some extra preventative steps to reinforce your Orbeez ball after patching it up so it’s less likely to leak again in the future:
- Add an extra tape layer – You can wrap clear packing tape around the entire surface which helps contain the flexible plastic shell.
- Use grip/mesh tape – Adding strips of grip tape or mesh tape creates a protective exoskeleton that reinforces weak spots.
- Avoid hanging by a strap – Don’t store balls on a long looped strap which concentrates pressure in one spot and can tear.
- Limit UV exposure – Don’t leave orbeez balls out in direct sunlight which can degrade the plastic over time.
With some reinforcement, you can help extend the life of your Orbeez ball and have more time to enjoy squishing it!
Monitor Your Handiwork
You don’t want to put all this hard repair work into fixing your Orbeez ball only to have it start leaking again. Be sure to:
- Visually inspect it periodically for any new cracks or weak spots appearing. Address them early before they can tear more.
- Feel for soft spots by squeezing the entire surface to find where it seems thinnest and at risk of future punctures.
- Conduct water tests to ensure no slow leaks are happening by submerging the full ball in water and looking for bead trails.
Don’t let that hole get the best of your Orbeez ball! Stay vigilant so you can catch any potential leaks before they happen again.
Now Go Enjoy Your Squishy Ball Again!
There’s nothing more satisfying than giving your newly repaired Orbeez ball a big hearty squeeze once it’s all sealed up. That wonderful bead-filled, jelly-like consistency is so pleasing to the senses!
While an accidental hole can temporarily ruin the fun of an Orbeez stress ball, you now have the knowledge and skills to patch it up in no time. With a little effort, sealant supplies, and TLC, you can save your ball from the landfill and make it as good as new again.
So go grab your holey orbeez ball and get to fixing! Your fidgety fingers will thank you when you’ve got that soothing squishable ball back in your hands, ready for more satisfying squeezes and stress relief. No leaky ball will get you down!
Frequently Asked Questions
How to fix a stress ball with a small hole?
For a small hole, a temporary fix could be using a piece of duct tape. For a more permanent solution, you could seal it with silicone sealant.
How to fix a stress ball with a hole in it?
A hole in a stress ball can be patched up using silicone sealant or rubber cement. Just apply, let it dry, and you’re good to go.
How to fix a broken stress ball without glue?
No glue, no problem! You can use a small patch of rubber and a rubber band to cover the hole temporarily until you find a permanent fix.
How to fix a squishy with a hole? Got a hole in your squishy?
Silicone sealant works great. Apply a small amount, smooth it out, and let it dry thoroughly before using it again.