35mm Film Lamp

When brainstorming what I wanted to create for my upcycle project, my first step was to look around my house, and see what extra stuff I had laying around that I didn’t use anymore. I discovered that I have a lot of extra 35mm film stuffed in the back of my closet. Looking around the…
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Roadkill: Cycling wall art

Bikes are a wonderful component to living in Boulder, as a capstone to the great infrastructure in the community I’d like to build something to hang my bike on. Something I love most about bikes is their simple mechanical design and ability to rebuild them. I think this behavior epitomizes upcycling and not just the…
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Hundreds of Packing Peanuts

I came across a whole bunch of packing peanuts, which I thought would be a really cool medium for this first project. Even better, I learned that they can be “glued” to each other using only water! If the packing peanut is the type made out of corn starch, they ordinarily dissolve in water (probably…
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Aluminum Can Models

Guinness roadster I have chosen to build a can model of a café racer motorcycle, using strictly can part built from aluminum cans and adhesive. Similar to the above photo the model should resemble an actual bike. This is the hardest material I have ever worked with, the aluminum is so thin it dents/ warps quite easily and adheres on contact…
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Turning Old Bicycle Parts into a Clock

I have always wanted to make artwork, useful or not, out of old or broken parts from bikes. I’m not quite sure why but I really like the look of rotors, cassettes, hubs, wheels and cranks; probably more than complete bikes or beautiful frames. There seems to be so much effort put into their design (although…
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Industrially Influenced Drink Coaster

As a personal fan of the contemporary industrial aesthetic I wanted to capture it within my upcycling process. I appreciate the simplicity of this aesthetic, but also how it doesn’t sacrifice strength or quality. I wanted something that would be useful in my life, but also add a subtle intricacy that was not immediately evident. I…
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Upcycling A Bird Bath

                It was hard to find the right idea when beginning this Upcycle project. I built a surf board table, broke a bunch scrap material around my house and tried to make anything from it, and I electrocuted myself too. But after travelling with a friend to Boulder Scrap Yard (63rd & Arapahoe), I finally thought of the…
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Bottle Table Lamp

Following along with the aesthetic I touched on in my previous blog post (LINK GOES HERE), I decided to build a table lamp, using a bottle as the base. The inspiration for this design stems from a variety of different sources, some of which are pictured below. Bottle Table Lamp (Source: http://www.bottle-lamp.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/ToastedHeadBottleLamp.jpg) Wine Bottle Lamp…
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Upcycling lamp

For my upcycling project I have decided to make a lamp of sorts.  This is the first time I have played with any type of circuitry since 5th grade.  I found a cool piece of driftwood in Northern California over Thanksgiving, while on a roadtrip.  Inspired by a design my friend Davis has made, I…
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Hard Drive Clock

My upcycle project began when I decided to use paper as my recycled material. Half way through I felt that using fresh paper wasn’t really considered upcycling, and it was more like crafting something from scratch. So instead, to be more in the spirit of upcycling, I chose to recycle old electronics that have been…
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Goddard

Did any of you ever watch Jimmy Neutron as a kid? Do you remember his dog, Goddard? http://www.hollywoodjesus.com/movie/jimmy_neutron/13.jpg   I’m making something a little similar. He can’t fly ,or talk, or think, or light up or even move, but it still has the feel of somewhat of an industrial themed animal. Basically, the inspiration came…
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LED insects and Spiders

I wanted to create something unique for the upcycling assignment. I had a accumulated some electronic components from past classes and also from the ITLL to create what I call LED spiders shown in Figure 1. I really liked to watch and sometimes even capture fireflies because of there very interesting feature that they obtain to…
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Bucket Hat

Every ten or so years, the bucket hat seems to make a come back in fashion and trendy streetwear. With each life cycle, the style is tweaked, and it somehow resumes a completely reinvented aesthetic. If you do not know about this trend, this article does a far better job at explaining the background that I can: http://www.bustle.com/articles/27831-whatever-happened-to-bucket-hats-oh-wait-theyre-back The current trend of…
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Paper Pokemon

Figure 1: Image of Koffing and what final design should resemble. Link: http://tetsubo.deviantart.com/art/Pokemon-109-Koffing-150789826 I have decided to try and make a life size pokemon out of old used paper, flour, water, a volleyball, curved plastic, paint, and duck tape. I picked Koffing as seen in figure 1. Need: To make a Koffing. Problem: A full size…
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Weather Station Progress

For my upcycing project I decided to make a home weather station from some recycled hardwood flooring and some spare electronics I had around the house. To start I used a DHT11 sensor breakout board to sense the current temperature and humidity. These values are read by an arduino pro  mini ($2 from sparkfun’s annual sale a few years ago).…
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Pine Can

  I made this pine cone out of aluminum cans. It started as an attempt to make a radially symmetrical candle holder. The cans are decapitated, cut 8 ways at the top, and another can is inserted. A band cut from another can is then placed over the two to provide tension and ensure that…
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