Cheap and Cheerful: Glow Stick Bracelets and Necklaces

Many clubbers embrace the cheap alternative to traditional jewellery that can be made using glow sticks and their relatives. Once snapped, these plastic tubes can be bent into shape to form eye-catching, engaging bracelets and necklaces. Glow stick bracelets, necklaces, anklets, rings and wands are here to stay.

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Unlike traditional jewellery, glow items are available for as little as 35p each – and ready-made glow stick bracelets or necklaces can cost even less when bought in bulk. Furthermore, lots of clubs and bars will give bracelets or necklaces away for free to entertain their clients; and in the pub, it’s quite common to be rewarded for dropping 50p in the charity box with your very own glow accessory that you can take out clubbing later: whether it’s bright pink for breast cancer awareness, or glowing red for the British Heart Foundation pop it fidget.

They are also gain great value for money in their flexibility. With just one glow tube, you can create a bracelet, and anklet, or just wave it around in the popular dance move known as ‘glowsticking.’ If you have a whole bunch of them, you can design custom necklaces, rings or chains; and if you do get bored with your glowing jewellery, it’s the work of a moment to snap it undone and reassemble in a brand new form. And glow stick jewellery can be used by either boys or girls; the fun-loving associations, and their lack of all the faff of traditional jewellery, mean that boys as well as girls can feel comfortable festooning themselves with shining bracelets or necklaces.

For the ultimate flexibility, you can always use glow paints. After all, why bother embellishing your jewellery, when you can take a short cut and embellish your body? Luminous, glow in the dark paints are freely available and reasonably cheap; you can colour either your hair or your body, to really make you stand out in the crowd in a club, bar or house party.

Many people don’t know it, but there is a special way to keep your jewellery even more cost effective and reusable. If you pop your glow stick or glow in the dark jewellery into the fridge or freezer for two or three hours, it can last up three nights instead of the usual one. This is because the cold temperature of the fridge or freezer will turn the mixture of chemicals inside semi-solid, which in turn slows down the photon release. The photon release is what provides the light in your glow stick, when chemicals called ‘fluorophores’ mix in a complicated chemical process called ‘chemiluminescence.’

On the other hand, if you want a really bright glow stick, the opposite technique will work: heat up your glow stick bracelets or necklaces by leaving them on a radiator for a while, and they’ll shine even more brightly than normal! Of course, the drawback to this trick is that the light in the sticks won’t last as long; but if you’ve bought in bulk, you can easily replace the sticks in your bracelets and necklaces as the light in them runs down.

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