Jake’s Jewelry

Jake, age 3. Me, wearing his earrings

Jake, age 3. Me, wearing his earrings!

In March 2012, my 2 year-old son Jake was diagnosed with type 1 (juvenile) diabetes. I couldn’t help but notice the amount of waste that came along with managing diabetes, and some of it VERY funky. With 10-12 blood sugar tests a day, 4-5 insulin shots, and now, an every-three-days insulin pump site change, each week includes a build-up of insulin syringe caps, glucometer computer chips to match up with blood sugar testing strips, pump tubing, cartridges, blood sugar testing strip cannisters, and more!

Right from the beginning, I saved glucometer computer chips and the rest of the “garbage” to potentially upcycle (make into something even more valuable). Once we got in the groove of managing Jake’s diabetes, I began making the landfill-bound beauties into jewelry and other gadgets to sell so that I could give 100% of the profit to the JDRF for type 1 diabetes research. Jake and many many other fantastic humans deserve a cure!

Just a small snapshot of diabetes trash

Just a small snapshot of diabetes trash

Here is my gallery. Email me at JKRnutrition[at]gmail[dot]com to place an order or donate your very own diabetes garbage (since Jake no longer uses the Animas Ping, I really need used Animas Ping supplies!!! Please save them for me and I will pay for you to ship them! Thank you 🙂. For more info on diabetes recipes and other info, check my Bitchin’ Diabetes tab.

 

 

"Chips Anyone?" 4 X 6 Picture Frame from Accucheck testing strip chips, $15 ($12 to JDRF)

“Chips Anyone?” 4 X 6 Picture Frame, made from Accu-check testing strip chips: $15.00 ($12 to JDRF)

"Blue Sugar" 4 X 6 Picture Frame from Animas Ping cartridge set parts, $15.00  ($12 to JDRF)

“Blue Sugar” 4 X 6 Picture Frame, made from Animas Ping cartridge set parts: $15.00 ($12 to JDRF)

"I Bleed for Cookies" Earrings: $10. Made from glucometer computer chips ($9.50 goes to the JDRF)

“I Bleed for Cookies” Earrings: $10.00
Made from glucometer computer chips
$9.50 goes to the JDRF

"Insulin on Board" Earrings: $10. Made from full-size used insulin pump cartridges. ($9.50 goes to the JDRF)

“Insulin on Board” Earrings: $10.00
Made from full-size used insulin pump cartridges
$9.50 goes to the JDRF

"Pump it Up" Earrings: $10. Made from insulin pump inner portion of insulin cartridge. $9.50 goes to the JDRF.

“Pump it Up” Earrings: $10.00
Made from inner portion of insulin cartridge for Animas Ping
$9.50 goes to the JDRF

"Prime and Rewind" Earrings (filled with beads!): $10. $9.50 goes to the JDRF.

“Prime and Rewind” Earrings (filled with beads!): $10.00
$9.50 goes to the JDRF

Ornapods: Made from old Omnipod pumps: $5 $4.50 goes to JDRF

Ornapods: Made from old Omnipod pumps: $5.00
$4.50 goes to JDRF

Backpods: Backpack charms made from old Omnipod pumps: $5.00 $4.50 goes to JDRF

Backpods: Backpack charms made from old Omnipod pumps: $5.00
$4.50 goes to JDRF

Thank you! Love, Jake

Thank you! Love, Jake

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12 Responses to Jake’s Jewelry

  1. Pingback: Upcycled Earrings: Not Edible! | Bitchin' Dietitian: Biting Off Just Enough to Chew

  2. Gail Cooley says:

    I want the “Blue Sugar” Necklace and if this were a “silent auction”, someone would have to bid higher than my $25! I’ll take one strung on old pump tubing!

  3. Dennis Urbans - Melbourne, Australia says:

    Hi Jen, managing diabetes is tough, but it must also be very tough when you have to manage such a young little fella. However, take heart that it is not the end of the world and in some ways a blessing in that Jake will never be fed chocolate bars, sugar drinks and other rubbish. I know that you will raise him and his siblings to eat right, and he will no doubt grow into a fine young man.

    • Jen Reilly says:

      Thanks Dennis! I’ll admit, we do let Jake be a kid and have popsicles and other treats (cakes at birthday parties, etc.) as long as he eats his veggies. It’s easy to dose him extra insulin with his pump. He’s a good, healthy eater! 🙂 XOXO Jen

  4. Rita says:

    You are amazing. What a beautiful way to manage this. DM1 is incredibly challenging. Your little one is so fortunate to have you in his corner.

  5. Kerri. says:

    I love your jewelry! I’ve linked out to you in today’s blog post: http://sixuntilme.com/wp/2014/01/07/clever-diabetes-recycling/

  6. Myranda Holgerson says:

    These are wonderful and creative!! But the webpage and comments are from a couple of years ago… Do you still do this??
    Blessings!!

    • Jen Reilly says:

      Yes I do! Just sold about $250-worth of goods at a JDRF conference this past weekend (see pix on my instagram: @reillyjenk). Let me know if you’d like anything! 🙂

    • Jen Reilly says:

      I haven’t driven people to my blog much lately as I’ve just sold my stuff at diabetes conferences. But yes, I still do this and my 2 year-old daughter was just diagnosed with type 1 as well, so we have more “trash” then ever! xo

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