Silicone tapes are manufactured from cured silicone rubber, a type of elastomer that provides extended life and durability in its end use as a protective tape. It generally consists of a thin layer of silicone gel in order to make it fuse to itself (self-fusing), to form a permanent bond around any substance it is applied to. Hence, silicone tapes are also popularly known as self-vulcanizing, self-amalgamating, or silicone gel tapes. In practice, silicone tapes form a bond with the object when stretched and wrapped around it, and eventually self-fuse within minutes or a few hours.