Introduction: Medical Tubing to Make Lanyards & Bracelets

Pretty much the same way you work with paracord, you can also weave 1/8" IV lines, O2 tubing into beautiful lanyards for keys, knives....
I'm also thinking of a way to use a syringe and inject paint inside the tube to create more colors. I don't know how feasible it is, I think I will perhaps give it a try.

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valkgurl (author)2014-02-25

I use an insulin pump and generate lots of the thin fine tubing that would work great for this--as will anyone ELSE who uses one! I am pretty sure you could fill a used or sacrifice RESERVOIR (the tube that holds the insulin to be dispensed) with some sort of paint/dye etc ; use the pump to fill the tubing and then melt or seal the ends to make colored tubing---

More people use these things than you might think and we all have to switch out the tubing every few days. Ask around to find out who you or your friends might know who uses one. If I was going to do this--and I might!---I would fill an empty insulin (or sterile water) bottle and fill the used reservoir with that to flush it; fill with whatever paint---glow in the dark anyone???---and then use silicone or heat to seal the ends. Pretty sure you could also use the small drum shaped end caps from the hobby or jewelry section to end these---embed in E-6000 or epoxy etc. Much finer and more flexible than paracord.

Since these never actually contact the pump it would be fine to use for it's intended purpose again.

Guess I know what I will be saving from now on!!!!!

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meqnine (author)2014-01-13

I'm sorry, I didn't take pictures for the steps, but you weave it exactly the same way as you do with the paracord. The one on. The photo is a cobra braid. You can get the tubing online, search for medical tubing.

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TheZacmann (author)2014-01-13

^ doesn't need steps, its the same as paracord, its made the same way

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xtreemmughal (author)2014-01-13

nice but steps are missing

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Dominic Bender (author)2014-01-13

Where did you get the tubing from? also, a few comments for the following steps would be nice. The end result looks neat, though.

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