I'm a 30 year old disabled lesbian living in the middle of nowhere, Australia with my girl, all our pets and enough books to act as insulation. I paint, draw, needle felt, knit, spin, take photos, and what ever else I can get my hands on. Creating is like breathing. Health gets in the way of both at times.
This tumblr has my art, crafts, photos and things I love and find interesting. Mostly Sherlock related at the moment.
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Thanks to the dog chewing up one of them and another tearing through we are low on heat packs. I use these constantly, every day to manage my pain. I make the grain filled sort that you chuck in the microwave. It’s basically the main reason we have a microwave. They make such a difference to my pain. They are pretty much the only reason I can function some days. Great for cold nights, aches and pains, headaches, pulled muscles, dislocations, arthritis etc.
We have nowhere to set up the sewing machine without excavating the kitchen table and running an extension cord. It’s a lot of messing but making one by hand takes me a whole day. So I’m setting up the machine and wondered if anyone else was interested in buying some heat packs.
The basic ones are about 9 inches by 7 inches. Depending on what material I dig up they are usually made from the pants legs of pyjama pants that have holes in them so I can’t wear them any more. I think I have a few pairs of jeans to use too. Once that runs out I’ll find some polar fleece or something. I’m just after expressions of interest for now. I’ll put up pictures of the ones I’ve made an people can pick the material they want. For me the patterns don’t matter because they are behind my lower back all the time.
They are basically a fabric bag with a velcro opening on the top so you can refill them when the grain gets old, or wet or burnt. This is what I’ve found lacking with commercial heat packs. No way to replace the filling. This way you can also empty it and put the bag through the wash. I’ll ship them empty because postage would be ridiculous otherwise.
I’ve filed mine with white rice because it’s what I have available right now. Something like flax seed, buckwheat or wheat is more stable. The white rice crumbles after not very long. I think my next ones will be raw buckwheat because I can get that cheap. You can add dried flowers to yours if you want but it gives me asthma.
For the basic velcro heat pack it would cost $5 and shipping wouldn’t be much, it would go through as a large letter.
For $15 I could do simple embroidery or applique. Outline of a pic, something fandom or cute or someone’s name etc.
I could do something more complex or with custom fabric. Price would depend on what it is though, feel free to ask if you have an idea.
I could also do small, square heat packs to go in your pockets as hand warmers. These would be $5 for two.
I’m also thinking about more complex shapes for different parts of the body, contoured to stay on your neck and shoulders or with ties so you can keep them on a knee or ankle etc.
If you’re interested in something like this then let me know and I’ll work our prices
Heatpacks are quite safe unless you over heat them. I don’t recommend heating them for more than 2 minutes and you’re probably better off starting at 1 minute and then increasing it up to two if you want it hotter. If it’s too hot you can burn your skin and I have read about fires starting but if you don’t over heat them, this wont happen. I’ve been using mine for over 15 years and never had any trouble.
I know it’s coming in to warmer weather in the Northern Hemisphere but these keep forever and they are great for pain as well as cold nights.
I have read that you can put them in a zip lock back and keep them in the freezer but I’ve tried it and while they are cool they’re not cold enough for me. I use a flexible gel ice pack.
Let me know if you are interested. message me here, post a comment on my dreamwidth http://kath-ballantyne.dreamwidth.org/762992.html or email me at kath(dot)ballantyne(at)gmail(dot)com