Introduction: Tableware for Handicapped Eaters
I have known a couple people who have had trouble holding their tableware, due to shakes, or a weak grip from medical conditions. This is a simple way to help solve that problem by putting bigger handles on the silverware to make them easier to control.
Empty grease gun cartridges, silicone rubber in this case, make light weight handles.
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Step 1: Cleaning Out the Cartridge
The conical plastic tips on the silicone cartridges are easily cut with a knife. Cut enough off the tip so that you can push a piece of 1/4 inch rebar, or other rod material, in through the hole. There is a plastic plunger inside the cartridge that has been pressed forward to expel the silicone. Push it with the rod back the way it came, and out the back of the cartridge. Let the silicone inside the cartridge harden up.
Silicone rubber doesn't stick well to the plastic the cartridges are made. The dry silicone will peel out. Make some pushing and scraping tools out of rebar to reach in and do the cleaning.
Step 2: Attaching the Handles
To lock the conical nozzle onto the silverware handles, cut the tip opening to be a little on the too-tight side. Then heat the nozzle tip with a propane torch, or other suitable heat source to soften the plastic and jam the silverware handle into it. The opening will stretch and conform to the shape of the tableware handle. When the plastic cools and hardens the handle extension should be locked in place. There is no need for any glue.
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