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kellyfitz84
« on: February 19, 2005 07:14:41 PM »

My girlfriend has a iv pump and we have dozens of syringes(needless) everywhere!
It's killing me that all this is going to the waste dump- they are not hazerdous, they were just full of saliene.
I need to make something with all these- plus I have iv tubing and saliene bags up the wazoo!
I was thinking of using the syringes to hold stuff, like advil or mouthwash...Making a lil holder for them, like those metal test tube holders we all played with in chemistry, and then hanging them on the wall.
Anyone else have any cool ideas? I'm drowning in these things Tongue
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« Reply #1 on: February 20, 2005 01:11:33 PM »

could you knit or weave the tubing into something?
cut up the syringes and use them like beads...
i dunno - just some thoughts
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2005 08:04:27 PM »

put them in a shadow box or sumthin..not really crafty or arty, but i'm into weird things like that.  Lips sealed
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2005 08:08:03 PM »

lol, I read the title of your post and thought of the bucket full of used syringes my boyfriend has (he's diabetic and never bothers to find where to get rid of them).

as for ideas...  we had a couple of those from when my dad was on dialysis, and my mom used one for watering her mini herb garden (it was a slightly large one).
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« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2005 04:52:10 PM »

I have a bunch too for my animals, luckily I can boil them and reuse them. An Idea though, is to use one for glue. It is easier to fix a chair or something when you can get in with something small and squirt just a bit in...

well there's one down....lol

I'll keep thinking....
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2005 04:54:06 PM »

I'd use them in artwork..
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2005 03:04:42 PM »

I love syringes. You could use them as pencils (stick some lead in there Wink) or I don't know, make a necklace? I'd love to have a syringe necklace or earrings! Maybe you could decorate them and then put them in a glass jar?

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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2005 03:38:04 PM »

Wow, some really cool ideas- the glue idea and the necklace idea are awesome! i'm going to try them and post some pics. I love you guys- the ideas are wonderful.
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2005 08:24:00 AM »

I have a bag full of tubing from when my late DH was on oxygen.  His supplier said the couldn't take it back, even though it is still sealed.  I have several 4' lengths, a couple 25' and I think I have one 50'  Some of it is green, most is clear. Anyone?
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« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2005 08:37:42 PM »

I dunno if yours are the right size for this or if you drink....But we used to make jello shots in ours (we bought them unused in bulk at a medical supply store) and when you want one you just squirted in in your mouth they were great....sorry i could't think of anything a little more crafty.....
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2005 08:48:02 PM »

I have a bag full of tubing from when my late DH was on oxygen.  His supplier said the couldn't take it back, even though it is still sealed.  I have several 4' lengths, a couple 25' and I think I have one 50'  Some of it is green, most is clear. Anyone?

Cut them into 7-8 inch lengths, get some sort of stopper, fill them with glitter and close em up. Viola! Bracelets! (My mom was on dialysis but recenty got a kidney transplant, so we have plenty of tubing)
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« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2005 06:35:39 AM »

I have a bag full of tubing from when my late DH was on oxygen.  His supplier said the couldn't take it back, even though it is still sealed.  I have several 4' lengths, a couple 25' and I think I have one 50'  Some of it is green, most is clear. Anyone?

Cut them into 7-8 inch lengths, get some sort of stopper, fill them with glitter and close em up. Viola! Bracelets! (My mom was on dialysis but recenty got a kidney transplant, so we have plenty of tubing)
That would make a cute kid-craft,but my grandchildren are too young.  Maybe I'll look up some local girlscout leaders.
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« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2005 08:26:38 AM »

My mom used to use syringes with the needles still intact to scent her handmade crafts like sachets, pillows, etc...  She'd just plunge it into the fiberfill and give it a good squirt.  Because the needle went into the center of the fiberfill there were never any oil stains on her work.
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« Reply #13 on: March 07, 2005 01:35:06 AM »

In the movie "Party Monster," a character wears a dog collar-type thing with cut-off syringes sticking out from it.  I would absolutly love to own one of those.  I'm not sure how one would make one but if you did, it would be the best accessory ever.
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« Reply #14 on: March 07, 2005 08:42:47 PM »

Suggestion for 21+ only! I had an ex boyfriend ( a jerk, but creative) who would use sterile  ones to inject vodka into oranges- you could get a lot in there, and then when we'd eat them later, the flavor was really delish. It was a neat alternative to jello shots at parties and stuff, little vodka clementines and tangerines and stuff. I bet you could use other fruit too.
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« Reply #15 on: March 08, 2005 12:49:44 PM »

The kind with no needles are great for refilling those little tubes of handcream that people carry in their purses.   You can also wash out the handcream tubes and then use syringes to fill them with acrylic paint for on-the-go neat and easy stenciling and stuff.
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« Reply #16 on: April 13, 2005 12:08:22 AM »

You'd have to be able to sterilize them and remove the needles, but I use the syringes I get for giving medicine to babies to decorate cookies with royal icing.  It's much neater and more precise than using bags.
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« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2005 01:01:23 PM »

isn't there any type of humane organization that collects unused medical supplies? Specially if the syringes were used for saline solution, maybe they could be put into the autoclave and sterilized for used in developing or third world countries. I also know that animal shelters sometimes require the syringes to feed puppies or kittens, or you could give them to the shelters or vets to hand out to customers when they need to give medication to their pets, a syringe squirt to the back of the throat is a lot easier than trying to wrestle your cat into getting a dropper or a spoon in its mouth.

The tubing could be used for an aquarium, or as vinil piping, or as handles on a purse, maybe even threading pretty ribbon inside.

what about freecycle? maybe someone is desperately needing empty syringes and tubing and don't want to buy them... and they want to use them for crafting or cooking, not for injecting Tongue
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« Reply #18 on: July 27, 2005 11:24:55 PM »

you could make a garland out of them

long ago i made "pipes" out of polymer clay, and had a bunch left over, so i strung them on thin ribbon with beads and flowers between them.

i think anything that can be strung up should be.
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« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2005 04:24:07 PM »

Hilarious. Mostly I just want a t-shirt that says that: "Anything that can be strung up should be"
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« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2013 11:19:05 PM »

I just got a bunch of breathing tubes with cannula as part of a recycled art challenge.  Basically, the store gives you a bunch of junk of their choice and tells you to make art out of it.  I'm not really sure what I'll do with them yet.  I was hoping for some kind of kinetic sculpture, or maybe I'll weave a basket out of them.  I wish I could fill them with different colors of water, but I think the water would get icky, so it couldn't be permanent.  If you've got any great ideas, tell me!
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« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2013 12:46:20 PM »

The tubing makes great handles for gift bags.  You could just add them to a paper bag, or make your own bag from a paper envelope.  I've made cute gift bags from tyvek envelopes turned inside out, and folded to make them into a bag with a bottom and sides.  Then just add the tubing for handles and decorate the tyvek if you want.  One of the funkiest bags I've made was from a plastic bubble wrap envelope which I left right side out, folded and stitched gussets, then flipped it inside out so the bubble part was on the outside.  I used the IV tubing for handles, and it had a cool industrial look.  Unlike much gift wrap, this is something guys might actually like.

Are the syringes long enough that you could make a cuff bracelet out of it?  I'm thinking of those bracelets made by heating and bending toothbrushes.  But a syringe might not be long enough to make it most of the way around a wrist.
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« Reply #22 on: July 21, 2013 10:50:05 PM »

I want to make more of a sculpture, but I'm not getting any inspiration.  I also found some bottles that look like they once held something inject-able and some syringes with the needles broken off, which I got in case I ended up deciding to squirt liquid into these tubes after all.  So now I have all these medical supplies.  I also have bottles of various sizes from vitamin supplements, but I kind of had a plan for those.
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« Reply #23 on: July 21, 2013 11:32:03 PM »

I think they're too thick for me to do something like this http://wtfoodge.com/fluid-sculpture-made-of-surgical-tubing/
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« Reply #24 on: August 11, 2013 02:39:49 AM »

My girlfriend has a iv pump and we have dozens of syringes(needless) everywhere!
It's killing me that all this is going to the waste dump- they are not hazerdous, they were just full of saliene.
I need to make something with all these- plus I have iv tubing and saliene bags up the wazoo!
I was thinking of using the syringes to hold stuff, like advil or mouthwash...Making a lil holder for them, like those metal test tube holders we all played with in chemistry, and then hanging them on the wall.
Anyone else have any cool ideas? I'm drowning in these things Tongue

Ahh syringes. I have at least one in just about every room of the house. Mind the hygienic requirements for each use and let's see.

Syringes with needles:
- oiling sewing machines and other fine parts
- precision glue application (toss after use)
- precision paint application (toss after use)

Syringes without needles:
- nasal irrigation/sinus flushing (use at least 20 ml syringes, and use boiled water unless you like scary deadly infections)
- paint application (toss or clean right after use)
- glue application (toss after use)
- measuring of liquids (food coloring, perfume, aroma's and essential oils, etc; insulin syringes are the most precise)
- precision hair dye application (toss after use)
- application of cream or topping on baked foods

Creative use
- turn it into a usb stick
- turn it into a pen
- fill with jell-o and cool for awesome halloween jell-o shots

Also, I reckon if you cut them up (length-direction) and work them with a lighter and then spray-paint, you could turn them into flowers and other ornaments for hair pins and home decoration. Haven't tried though.

Edit: forgot a few.
- transporting perfume from large bottles into small carry-with-you tubes
- making lip gloss and lipstick (5 or 10 ml syringes with needle base cut off with a hobby knife, and extended, placed upside down, filled with oil- and wax base then left to harden; once hard, you just push the hardened "stick" out into a lipstick holder)
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« Reply #25 on: August 21, 2013 09:11:10 PM »

If you do any craft that involves liquids they are good for those (Painting, dying fabric or wool, injecting liquid into something.) Or to use as glue without the needle for things like tiny models, or sterilized for food uses. If you can sterilized them they work great for adding flavour to food as you can dispose them after or use one syringe her flavour and not have the cross contamination of flavours. We use syringes at work for food and its a good way to get the flavour all the way through

The animal shelter idea is good too.
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