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If you hate throwing stuff away and you love wearing unique jewelry, then turning your old toothbrushes into bracelets is a match made in heaven. Here`s how to save those toothbrushes from the landfill and give them a spot in your jewelry box!
Find any old or new cheap, clear plastic toothbrushes. The ones with patterns for little kids work great. It`s better if they are all plastic, and there is no rubber gripping. It should also be about the same width from the top to bottom. Thicker toothbrushes don`t bend as easily.
You will need boiling hot water to heat the toothbrush to a soft stage. Boil water in the microwave or put a half a pot of water on the stove and turn it on. Make sure that when you boil the water you leave the toothbrush in there for 8-12 minutes. You may need to leave it in for a longer period of time depending on how hot the water is and the thickness of the toothbrush.
If you boil your water in the microwave, be aware that it may not bubble like it would on a stove. If that is the case stay clear of the water and let it cool down, as it is very hot and may explode if bothered. Put a chopstick or other wooden item in the cup to `break` the water up. This way it will not `explode`.
While you`re waiting for the water to boil, cut the bristles as short as you can, or pulling the bristles out with needle-nosed pliers works very well too.
When the water is bubbling rapidly remove it from the microwave or off the stove burner. Drop in the toothbrush. Wait until the plastic starts to soften. This will take more or less time depending on how wide your toothbrush gets at the end, but 5 minutes is a good "base" time to work from.
Take the toothbrush out of the water with tongs, and set it on a dish towel. Let it cool from boiling hot to warm, but don`t let it cool off completely.
To prevent being burnt pick up the toothbrush using the dish towel. Bend it into the shape of a bracelet. An easy way to do this is to press it around the outside of a glass or jar with the same diameter as you want your bracelet to be.
Fill a bowl with ice water. Slip off the toothbrush and submerge it. After about 5 seconds, the plastic will be hard again, and you can try it on. If it doesn`t fit, or it doesn`t look right, put it back into the hot water for a minute, repeat the shaping steps until it turns out the way you want it.
The bristle holes will widen in the heat, so now you can use tweezers to pluck out the bristles.
Enjoy wearing your new toothbrush bracelet!