A slap bracelet (or snap bracelet) was a bracelet invented by Wisconsin teacher Stuart Anders in 1990, 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 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.
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.
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."
- Ramirez, Anthony (October 27, 1990). "Turning Profits Hand Over Wrist". The New York Times.
- "U.S. Consumer Panel Warns of Injury by 'Slap' Bracelets". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 30, 1990.
- "Principal Puts a Halt to Slap-Bracelet Fad". The New York Times. Associated Press. October 11, 1990.
- "Fantasia Accessories Recalls Slap Bracelets Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Target". Consumer Product Safety Commission.