Talk about making the best of a bad situation! A teen born with one arm is turning her disability into a creative opportunity, by transforming her prosthetic limb into a unicorn horn-inspired glitter gun.
All of her life, Jordan Reeves has used her awesome imagination to turn the challenges she’s faced into the chance to be inventive.
Now, the sparkle fanatic is the brainchild behind a new 3D-printed prosthetic arm, which was revealed for the first time this week at Chicago, Illinois Museum of Science and Industry’s Wired to Wear show.
“‘I wanted to show people that our differences don’t necessarily hold us back, in fact, they can give us more opportunity,” Reeves explained.
“I have always been a fan of glitter and unicorns, so I thought: what if I could make this thing magical?”
For months the 13-year-old racked her brain for ways to make her prosthetic arm as whimsical as possible, before designing the glitter-blasting contraption.
Unsurprisingly, the shimmer-shooting bazooka is the only one in existence, and can fire a cloud of glitter up to six feet away.
“Kids think it is pretty cool!” Reeves said. “I love that I can show people that our differences aren’t a bad thing… just look at how much fun it can be.”
After coming up with the idea, it took more than a year of crafting prototypes to land on this design. The glitter gun will be on show as part of the exhibit until May 2020.
Kathleen McCarthy, The Museum’s Head Curator, said: “We wanted people like Jordan in the exhibit because she is very creative and really pushing forward the idea of how we can wear technology in the future.”