Making a Cane Fabulous

As I've mentioned before, I've had Rheumatoid Arthritis for many years. This means that I own A LOT of mobility assistance devices, and they are typically pretty boring looking. In recent years that's changed a bit, and sometimes you can find a cane in colors or designs, but they tend toward flowery themes and are usually more spendy. Now, don't get me wrong, I love me a flowery design, but I was looking for something a bit more sparkly. I also didn't want to buy a new cane when I had a perfectly good black one.  But here's the best part of crafting: nothing has to stay boring for long. Enter the glue gun and rhinestones! Several years ago I got a collapsable cane for traveling, and it was so convenient that I just ditched the regular old wooden one. One of the worst parts about using a cane or wheelchair is that you constantly feel like you're in everyone's way, so I love that once I sit down, I can fold it up so nobody trips. I forgot to take a before picture (blogging fail) but it started out as this:

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I googled around a bit for ideas, but there is a surprising lack of people decorating their canes. Maybe they're just not posting about it? In any case, I was kind of on my own on coming up with a design, so I just decided to wing it (as usual :P). A few hours and some glue later, I had this:

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I picked out all the purple/pinkish rhinestones; in hindsight, it would have been a lot easier to just use all the colors, but I was going for a theme here (it did require another trip to the craftstore for more gems; I have to thank my husband for his pretty much endless patience with my crafting foibles). There wasn't really a pattern per se, but I did want to still be able to collapse it, so I marked the bottom of each segment with slightly larger, darker gems.

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It still folds up a pretty well :). I left the handle bare for the sake of my palms, but I'm thinking it might need a little knitted cozy or maybe just a quick coat of paint. It's been well used, so it's gotten dinged and scraped quite a bit.

And as a bonus, my official cane inspector has sniffed it and determined it safe to use!

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