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« on: July 03, 2010 04:10:13 PM »

I was gifted with 20 pale pink plastic chopsticks. Any crafty ideas, please? They're 9.5" / 24 cm long and they've never been used.  They also have 4 red what-I'm-assuming-to-be-Chinese characters running up the side of each stick.

I tried posting a photo but I'm new to the boards so policy won't allow me to upload actual pics, and while photo links are allowed, I couldn't get that to work from my end.   Roll Eyes

So, for now, imagine 20 pink plastic chopsticks and... Glue? Glitter? Welding torch?

Thanks in advance for ANY AND ALL ideas! (Including "How to Attach Photo Links for Dummies!")
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« Reply #1 on: July 04, 2010 08:40:24 PM »

house plant stakes

garden plant markers (use a sharpie marker & write on the side what each plant's name is)

wind spinner: lay them all side by side and measure. Cut a piece of wire 4x the width
of your chopsticks.fold the length of wire in half.slide the 1st chopstick into the wire's fold halfway and give it a couple twists. slide the next chopstick & do the same - twist the wire between chopsticks. continue the same way until you've used all the chopsticks. make a loop with the remaining wire for hanging by a string/rope. finally, since all the chopsticks are lined up, make them askew a bit - keep doing it to all of them until it forms a spiral of chopsticks. Hang & pray for a gentle breeze!

have fun!
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« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2010 05:44:52 PM »

Check out this link to a fun alteration for your chopsticks- you use the spring from a clothespin to connect two chopsticks together, making them easier to use for those of us are all thumbs.

http://www.atelier-v.ch/umdenken/sites/21.html
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2010 11:40:47 PM »

I would wonder about if they could be melted a bit and made into bracelets - like the toothbrush ones that can be found in the jewelry forum (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=347390.0).  They could be layered and glued together to make a frame.  Cut, drilled and decorated with wire wrapping, beads, etc to make a wall hanging, or windchime.  They could be made into knitting needles.

Personally, I think I would decorate the ends and turn them into hair sticks.
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2010 12:15:42 AM »

or you could make polymer clay mustaches and attach them to the sticks! So you always have one handy for a photo op.
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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2010 01:22:06 AM »

You should post a close-up of the chinese characters on the chopsticks. Not sure whether you care, but if you are interested to know, someone on craftster might be able to tell you what they say. Wink
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« Reply #6 on: July 10, 2010 08:35:13 AM »

The symbols on the chopsticks probably say "help! I'm being held captive in a chopsticks factory".  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2010 09:07:35 AM »

Well, the photo showed up and I have no idea how or why. Weird!

Thanks for all the ideas! I'm lovin' the "clothespin" chopsticks. A friend made a pair with a small piece of folded cardboard and a rubberband, but this looks SO much classier!

The bracelet idea is TOO good! I'd not thought of melting them and now I have GOT to give this a try, especially since the writing means they're pre-decorated, eh? As for the frame idea, now you've got my brain spinning! Multimedia collage, maybe? With wire or twine kind of "woven" between the frame's sides, with those wonderful coins with the hole in the middle tied in, maybe fortunes woven thru the twine, bits of ephemera and red tassels tucked in...WOW!

I did some reading up, and while the length is more Japanese, the tips are blunt and therefore Chinese. For the knitting needles, I'd need to sharpen the tips a bit more, right? Wonder how? And as for the hair picks, I could add lovely dangly things to the ends but again, I'd need to sharpen them a bit, as I did try getting them into my own hair and the blunt tip makes it difficult. And I found them a bit long. Any opinions on that? How to shorten and sharpen?

I've seen the wind spinners done with wood chopsticks. A pink one would be PERFECT for a girly-girl! I have a friend who's into all things 'geisha' -- wrong country, but I think she'd like it anyway.

"help! I'm being held captive in a chopsticks factory".  TOO FUNNY!  Cheesy Actually, I tried getting a close-up pic of the writing but I'm not getting good macro shots w/ my digital camera (and I obviously have no clue how to program my 'date stamp' either!). I'll keep trying now that I know my pics are showing in my posts. I would LOVE to have a translation!

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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2010 08:04:55 AM »

I've seen several sites where somebody made a "sunburst" mirror out of chopsticks or skewers.  Just a small round piece of mirror, glue the chopsticks to the back, then back with a same-sized piece of wood, and a picture hanger.

Paint if you like and voila! 
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2010 02:36:14 PM »



Personally, I think I would decorate the ends and turn them into hair sticks.

Agree with this idea 100%, make some polymer clay beads, pop them on the ends and bake and you have a product that could be sold.   
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