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Made My Own Binky!


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So, last night, I was kind of bored, and also stressed, and all of my binkies are still in storage from moving, so I decided to see if I could make my own....  Turns out, I can!

All I needed was paper, glue, hot glue, plastic wrap and FIRE.

It isn't perfect...not really that pretty either, but now that I know how to make one, it won't be so hard to make another.

 

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That sounds really cool and interesting! I would love to know more about how you made it so that my little boy and I might make one. 

Please post pics too! 

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That sounds really cool and interesting! I would love to know more about how you made it so that my little boy and I might make one. 

Please post pics too! 

I was going to share pictures, but it didn't work quite right >.<

Here's how I made the binky.

 

Materials Needed:

Plastic Wrap

Paper (thicker paper is what I used, but I'm sure that regular printer paper would work just as well)

Glue

Hot Glue

Candle

Pipe Cleaner

 

The nipple: I started out with a pipe cleaner, which I folded in half, then I wrapped plastic wrap all over the pipe cleaner.  Then, I just kept wrapping plastic wrap in the parts I wanted larger, or less over parts I wanted thinner.  When the wrap wouldn't stay down, I would hold it over a candle and melt it a bit, then it would stick.

When I got the nipple part the size I wanted, I put one more layer of plastic wrap over it, so that it would all be smooth.

 

The guard: The way I made the guard was by tracing an oval on some slightly thicker paper, cutting it out, then tracing it, and cutting those out.  I think I cut out six, but it could be more or less.  Then, in the middle I pierced a hole with a pair of scissors, just big enough to slip the pipe cleaner through.  Also, start bending the paper to the form you want.  If you're okay with a flat shield, don't worry about it...I like my shields tight against my face though.

 

Putting it together: Slip the pipe cleaner through the hole in the guard part and pull the nipple piece through 'til it's as far as you want.  When I did this, I accidentally pulled harder than I'd meant to, and it kind of pulled the pipe cleaner clear out...but I honestly think it's better for not having the pipe cleaner in the plastic.  Use hot glue around the outside, to anchor the nipple piece in place.  When you are sure that the glue is holding the nipple to the shield, cut off the plastic to the height you want a button at

 

Finishing Up: I made the button by using hot glue as a base, then putting more plastic wrap on, and melting it into place.  Then, I cut out around the edges of the shield to try to even it out a bit, and colored the outside with crayon, just so I could have a blue binky.

 

Issues: The nipple tastes a bit like burnt plastic....  It isn't very pretty.  Around the nipple, the shield kind of gets spit on it, and I'm concerned that that can/will weaken the shield and make the binky fall apart.  Other than these things, it seems pretty sturdy, and it's cheap to make.

 

Things I might do different:  To stop the nipple from tasting like burnt plastic, if I do this again, I might soak the nipple in lemon water, or something like that before I attach it to the shield.  Also, to make it a bit more pretty, you could paint/color the shield BEFORE doing any type of button on it.  You could also maybe paint the shield, but I'm not sure how much good that would do.  Also, with the shield, maybe paint on the inside as well, to make a protective barrier against spit (this won't work with water color, and I'm not sure if it would make other paints get wet again.  I also might try a layer or two of glue on the inside of the shield for that same purpose.  Other than that, I'm pretty content with my homemade binky.

 

I put some pictures in my gallery:

https://www.ddlgforum.com/gallery/album/3455-homemade-binkies/

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I'd be careful using that. If it tastes bad, chances are good it can make you sick. Also be mindful of your teeth.

I do appreciate the concern.  I used plastic wrap, because it SHOULD be safe for someone to have in their mouth, as it's to be used with food.  The burnt taste is just because it WAS burned.  Similar to burnt marshmallows not necessarily tasting the best, but are still safe to eat (in moderation).

About the teeth: the length and size of the one I made does not press against my teeth in a way to push them out, plus the amount of time I spend using a binky is so small, even if it DID press against my teeth, I doubt it would cause any damage.

Again, thank you for the concern.

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Very creative and inventive.  

However (because I'm a boring old grownup), I do echo the safety concerns about the materials of something you're putting in your mouth.  Not all plastics are safe and if you're heating them up that could affect them as well.  Food wrap may be safe for wrapping food, but not necessarily for putting in your mouth.
http://straightupdoc.com/?p=185

Maybe try to get some food safe silicone to coat it.  That might also make it more durable and easier to clean.

It does look good though, very creative.

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Very creative and inventive.  

 

However (because I'm a boring old grownup), I do echo the safety concerns about the materials of something you're putting in your mouth.  Not all plastics are safe and if you're heating them up that could affect them as well.  Food wrap may be safe for wrapping food, but not necessarily for putting in your mouth.

http://straightupdoc.com/?p=185

 

Maybe try to get some food safe silicone to coat it.  That might also make it more durable and easier to clean.

 

It does look good though, very creative.

If I'm going to get food safe silicone, I honestly would probably just buy a binky instead.  I was just trying to make do with what I had.

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they cost a dollar or less at the drug store... seems like a whole lot of unnecessary effort and as others have mentioned it's probably not a good idea to be chewing on heated/burnt plastics and industrial chemical filled glues, or at least having them right next to your face 

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they cost a dollar or less at the drug store... seems like a whole lot of unnecessary effort and as others have mentioned it's probably not a good idea to be chewing on heated/burnt plastics and industrial chemical filled glues, or at least having them right next to your face 

I live in a small town, and it was VERY late at night when I did this.  Everything was closed, and the garage (where mine currently are) is locked and I do not have a key.  I enjoy doing artistic and creative things, even if just to see if I can do them.

Also, as you have noted, others have already mentioned things about plastics and glues, so I believe it can be assumed that I already get the point on that.

I'm sorry if I'm coming across as rude, it's just that I'm trying to share a creative thing I made, and aside from one of the three people commenting saying things against this, only one has offered any sort of solution on making this safer.  Telling me to BUY something does not help me solving my problem with things I have on hand, nor does it give me any type of solutions to make my own creation safer.

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For the shield next time if you have an old plastic container/lid and some sand paper.  You could take a sharpie/marker make the shape you want for the shield on the plastic and cut it out (carefully). Then you could sand down the edges to make them smooth.  Then you could turn on an eye on your stove (or use a heat gun if you have one) and a pair of metal tongs and gently heat the piece for a few second (30-60 sec) by holding it above the heat ( about 3 inches to 6). once you think it's warm enough to bend, using an oven mitt and a metal bowl gently press it along the curve of the bowl until it cools (about a minute to a minute and a half) then see if it holds it's shape and if it does see if it'll rest against your face the way you want (if not repeat the heating, shaping, and cooling process).  Then gently use the scissors/a knife and make the hole big enough to fit either the pipe cleaner or (if you have them you could try a small wooden dowel cut to fit the nipple and stick out just a bit)

As for the teat/nipple you could actually make the base the way you did...but perhaps glue a bit of sandwich/ziplock bag over it? that should help it not taste bad as well as make it easier to clean.  Another option is to make the teat by making a small version of the teat on the pipe cleaner/dowel then layering hot glue carefully onto the basic shape in layers till you get it as big as you want, then glueing the sandwich/ziplock bag over that at the base( pulled tightly over the shape of course).  As for the cap you could actually use the lid of a soda bottle. and if you want it to come apart like most adult pacies do you could try (if you use the dowel rod at least) to fill the lid with hot glue and then when it's almost cool gently pressing the dowel rod in (letting it finish cooling) then gently twisting back and forth and pulling it out) other wise you can just paint it all the way you want first then put the teat/nipple in, then fill the lid with hot glue and press it on to the shield.

 

I personally think this is a super cool idea, especially considering not every one can afford to buy an actual adult pacie/one at all, but most littles probably have the stuff to make one and don't even realize it.  Keep creating and being brilliant. :)

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