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Old 12-11-2015, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If this is the wrong place for this please let me know.

I lost my girl, Willow, a month ago. I'm finally getting around to packing her things up and storing them in the basement until I'm comfortable/able to get another hedgie. While I was going through her liners and snuggle bags I found several quills she had shed (including an adorably tiny little baby quill :') ). I bought a few small glass vials from amazon. I planned on putting her quills in one of the vials and wearing it as a necklace. I noticed that some of the older quills are kind of flimsy. I'm assuming over time they lose whatever it is that makes them stiff.

My question is should I fill the vial up with alcohol or something to help preserve them or do you think this would mess them up?

Also, I thought that the quill necklace was a cute idea to remember her by. Now I'm wondering if it's weird. It's not weird right?
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Old 12-11-2015, 03:05 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I made one with a round vial and a few of Finnick's baby quills. I also have one with shed snake teeth. So weird or not, at least you aren't alone.

I just put them in dry with nothing else. I don't think the quills will break down fast enough for us to notice.
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Old 12-11-2015, 04:02 PM   #3 (permalink)
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At least I'm not alone. Lol Thanks for your help!

The vials came with stoppers and a little top to put it on a chain. The top didn't fit though. I was out of super glue and clear nail polish didn't work. :/ Finally I melted down part of a plastic knife and that seems to have sealed it and attached the top. Yay! I added a jewelry ring and bam! Here's what I ended up with.

http://imgur.com/SvibYsp
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That's super cute! I moved half a year ago and still haven't picked up all my stuff from my parents' place, so I don't have a picture of mine. I used these vials though. The quills sit diagonally in a circle.
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Old 12-11-2015, 06:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If quills break down it has to be at a super slow rate. I have memory vials that contain at least 2 quills from all but one hedgehog I have cared for (I didn't keep the quills from my first hedgehog). The oldest quill in that vial is from a hedgehog that died in 2000. Nearly 16 years later and I've have never found any evidence that they are falling apart.
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Old 12-12-2015, 11:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Where did you get the vials? I would love to make one of these for oscars quills.
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Craft stores usually sell them, but I get mine from Etsy because there's a wider selection. I have bought some from Michael's too though.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:08 PM   #8 (permalink)
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If you like the necklace top ones, like the ones I used, I got them from Amazon. I'm not sure if it will let me link here (some forums won't let you), but here's a direct link:

Amazon.com: 10Pcs Mini Empty Glass Tube Vials Charms Wish Bottles Pendant Clear: Jewelry Amazon.com: 10Pcs Mini Empty Glass Tube Vials Charms Wish Bottles Pendant Clear: Jewelry
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Ok thanks Jen! I think I will buys these I really like them, and I also already have quills from when Oscar was quilling so once I get them I can make it and post a pic!
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What a fantastic idea!!!! I'm bringing a new hedgie home this weekend - I'll be on the lookout for the vials so I can save a few quills when he sheds them
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