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« on: December 18, 2011 08:02:08 AM »

For christmas my grandmother got me a bp kit with matching stethoscope  (a purple littman classic II)

i want to do something crafty with them to mark them as mine (my last stethoscope got stolen by a doctor who thought it was hers.)

I'm thinking I could embroider an anatomical heart on the bag but as far as the cuff and sthoscope idk what i should do. any one have any ideas, links to tutorials etc to help me out??

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« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2011 10:07:40 AM »

Well, for the cuff, could you paint on it? Maybe you could do a stencil of the anatomical heart that you plan on embroidering on the bag? One tip that will help you have nice lines on the stencil is to find a paint color that closely matches the fabric color and do your first paint layer in that color. That way when you use the paint color you want, it won't bleed under your stencil and have messy edges.
I'm not really sure about the stethoscope 'cause I don't know if anything would mess up how it works? But maybe wrapping some electrical wire tape in a pretty spiral along a portion of the long part? Or adding a charm that represents you on the ear pieces portion?
In any case, it is a really pretty set and I hope no ones accidentally yoinks them from you!

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« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2011 10:49:30 AM »

You could make a fabric cover like this http://www.etsy.com/listing/76678313/pansy-stethoscope-cover?ref=sr_gallery_2&ga_includes%5B0%5D=tags&ga_search_query=stethoscope+covers&ga_search_type=all&ga_facet=

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« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011 07:37:23 AM »

If you have an engraving tool, you can engrave your name or initials on the metal portion of the earpieces.  I have seen people engrave the bell under the plastic piece too, so that if a dispute comes up, you can remove the ring and plastic and voila, there is your name.  That is the most permanent solution.  I don't like to add a lot of stuff to my stethoscope purely because of the cleaning aspect of it.  If you use the antimicrobial cleaners at work, like I do, it is pretty harsh on any applied crafts.  I used to have my name on beads wirewrapped to the earpieces.  It was cleanable, but the wire broke after use.

But you could still do a beaded name tag, and use tigertail and crimp beads.  Or make a tag with varnished shrink plastic, polymer clay, or something with your name embedded in resin, engraved or embossed metal.  It may be a bit of trial and error over time to see what can withstand you cleaning it.  I used to see the fabric cosies, but really, considering what it can be exposed to, you really need to keep in mind cleaning it frequently.

« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2011 11:35:08 AM »

Thanks for the ideas everyone! As far as fabric covers, we stay away from them in my clinic because of JCAHO (book jcaho)  I think I will see about stenciling the bad. I have a book of pre made stencils so that could make it even easier. I already mod-podged a ring of glitter on the top of the rubber where it meets the metal. hard to explain I will post a pic. I think it will hold up since that part doesn't move, plus I love glitter. I should be able to clean it since I put like 100 mod podge layers on it I think I will be able to use cave wipes. 

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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2011 09:02:09 PM »

so hot glue doesn't stick to the rubber the stethoscope is made out of. any ideas AS FAR AS GLUE? Undecided

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« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2011 10:02:50 PM »

In one of my polymer clay books, the author uses QuickTite (in the Loctite glue family) quite a bit to bind findings to the clay.  Although between the slickish quality of the rubber and how much flexing it has to do, maybe a strong fabric glue might work for you...
« Reply #7 on: January 01, 2012 03:48:53 AM »

Good idea thank you Grin

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« Reply #8 on: January 02, 2012 08:11:29 AM »

Mod Podge makes a glue called Hard Coat (water resistant) - I believe that would work for you. You could decoupage part of the metal piece with something uniquely you, you something that can't be removed by anyone. Sucks that that dr. took your other one - I bet those aren't cheap.

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« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2013 10:52:25 PM »

Just curious about what you ended up doing. I'll be buying me a set next month, and I may want to do something too.

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