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« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2008 12:39:30 PM »

I heard if they are the thin bracelet kind you can freeze them and snap and they will glow again.

« Reply #11 on: July 09, 2009 09:48:36 AM »

Anyone wants to chime in some new ideas? I too have about a metric ton of used bracelet glow sticks that I don't want to throw away...
« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2009 01:56:45 PM »

the bracelet style seems easy enough--crochet or macrame over it for a new bracelet.  Use as you would clear tubing--although since I haven't tried it, I don't know if you could put anything inside of it.

Has anyone tried cutting the sticks in small lengths to make beads? (which could of course be jazzed up with glitter or any number of other neat improvements.

they could substitute for craft sticks in some projects--I'm thinking of a Christmas project I did with little kids that involved simply wrapping sparkly pipe cleaners around Popsicle sticks and then using a CD to make a mobile.  Painted and wrapped, used glow sticks would work just fine.


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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2009 10:52:41 PM »

I never found the freezing thing to work well. However, they do still glow under a blacklight. Smiley Not sure what good that does you, but I used them on Halloween when we had the blacklights out. My little sister once broke one open and painted some of her things, since she was an angsty teen who lived under a blacklight for a year or so. Wink If you try that, I would definitely recommend caution, as I recall some things getting slightly stained.
« Reply #14 on: July 11, 2009 07:26:47 PM »

I went to an anime convention once where after the rave we took all the old ones and had a war in a hallway, throwing them and splattering them on people... And one girl was wearing white clothes and got a really neat splatter effect afterwards.
It made me wonder, if you mixed textile medium with it, could you use the insides as fabric paint?
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2009 09:31:48 PM »

I don't have any ides for using them since I have a pile of used glow sticks just sitting there myself, but I thought I would at least warn about using the insides. Once a glow stick is cracked, there are tiny shards of glass mixed into the liquid... getting those anywhere on your skin could be quite unpleasant so be careful when cleaning out the tubes or using the goo as paint.
Glow sticks also react strangely with some plastics, causing the plastics to shatter.
Sorry if this sounds like a safety lecture... I don't mean it to, I'm just clumsy and hate pulling tiny bits of glass out of my hands/feet  Cheesy

As for the freezer trick, yes, it works, but only if the glow stick is still glowing when you put it in there... so if you have a glow stick that is meant to glow for six hours, have used it for two then put it in the freezer, it will glow for another couple hours once you take it out.
« Reply #16 on: July 17, 2009 05:05:56 PM »

The bracelet ones will work part way again if they are crunchy. Just bend them all over and shake. The color may only be on one end.
We hook old bracelets together in chains and hang dangling down for room dividers, and use them for dungeon and pirate chains at Halloween.

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« Reply #17 on: January 17, 2010 01:22:41 PM »

i get to re-use them for our youth group activites - just pop them into the microwave - maybe 20 seconds at a time shake 'em
nuke 'em again if need be - different microwaves require different times - also you can try using the defrost mode for a longer time - experiment - just be careful not to leave it too long - the small ones get hot! that's how glowsticks work in the first place - heat reaction of the chemicals inside.

night light: at our youth group event, we were using the glowsticks for lotsa activites. at the end of the night we put 8-10 of them in an empty pop bottle and it glowed all night!

I like the key ring fob idea for the big ones - hot glue a big pompom on the flat end - glue some googly eyes - maybe antennae
ooo!- use a yellow pompom, black antennae, use a black chisel marker and draw rings around the large glow stick - kinda like a glowing bumble bee bug!

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