Abscess Spider
Welded Metal Art
by Dan Delcollo

Abcess Spider(March 2008)

The idea of the Abscess scissors spider is not mine.  I stole the idea from another artist by the name of Christopher Locke who's work was brought to my attention when it was featured on the Make Magazine Blog site.  Instead of using scissors collected by the TSA, my scissors came from work.  These are real instruments used on real patients.  The majority of them were from suture trays and suture removal sets.  Since I don't have an Autoclave (yet) They were sterilized by soaking them for 24 hours in hydrogen peroxide, and then baking them in an oven at 450 degrees for 6 hours.  Since the scissors are made of stainless steel, bending and welding them was not terribly hard.  My plan was to make several of these, but as of right now, I have only completed the one.  There are other scissors styles available which I may try as well.  The title "Abcess" comes from kind of an emergency medicine inside joke.  A common complaint in the ER is a skin abscess, which is caused by a bacterial infection.  People come to the ER complaining of a "spider bite" that needs to be drained.  In reality less than 2% of abscesses are caused by spider bites, but probably somewhere near 75% of patients come in blaming the 8 legged arachnoids.  When you see the chief complaint of "spider bite" you are pretty much guaranteed to wind up draining an abscess. 



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