Slap bracelet

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(video) A slap bracelet demonstrated
Slap bracelets

A slap bracelet (or snap bracelet) was a bracelet invented by Wisconsin teacher Stuart Anders in 1983, sold originally under the brand name of "Slap Wrap". Consisting of layered, flexible stainless steel bistable spring bands sealed within a fabric, silicone, or plastic cover, it can snap around a wrist when slapped on it with some force. It can have many different colours and/or designs.


Original Slap Wraps had been 23 cm (9 inches) in length, 2.5 cm (1 inch) wide, and made of steel that was 0.15 mm (0.006 inch) thick; although, cheap knock off versions had used thinner steel, which was more likely to break and/or cut the wearer, the dangers of which first came to light in 1990, soon after they were released.[1]

It was a popular fad among children, pre-teens, and teenagers in the early 1990s. It was available in a wide variety of patterns and colors. The bracelet was banned in several schools following reports of injuries from worn out or modified versions.[2][3]

In 2018, different slap bracelets were recalled: "The slap bracelet’s metal wristband can pierce the protective fabric around it and expose sharp edges, posing a laceration hazard to young children."[4]


  1. ^ Ramirez, Anthony (October 27, 1990). "Turning Profits Hand Over Wrist". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "U.S. Consumer Panel Warns of Injury by 'Slap' Bracelets". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 30, 1990.
  3. ^ "Principal Puts a Halt to Slap-Bracelet Fad". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 11, 1990.
  4. ^ "Fantasia Accessories Recalls Slap Bracelets Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target". Consumer Product Safety Commission.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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