Upcycle Final Report: Whiskey Bottle Chandelier and Glasses

For my upcycle project, I created chandelier and matching tumbler glasses out of four, repurposed Jameson whiskey bottles.The aesthetic I wanted to capture was that of a traditional, quiet English/Irish pub. I wanted to embody the green/brown glass, deep red/walnut wooden textures, brass and copper fixtures, etc.. Everything that conveys the comfortable appeal of a…
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Upcycle Final Report: ‘I love lamp’ [L1]

Video of my presentation is HERE. Kept on the ground, the L1 produces a low-mood lighting experience. The bulb is covered in all directions which helps diffuse the light source and blocks the eye from catching direct light, which can be distracting. Providing two levels, the lamp can be used as a bedside table or…
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Upcycle Final Report: Gaudi Mosaic Puzzle

DESIGN PROCESS What I have learned in regards to my upcycle design process: It is never too late to make iterations. Don’t get too attached to one idea. Let your constraints inspire you. Let me start by explaining how my upcycle project has progressed from start to finish.  As illustrated in my diagram below, I…
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Upcycle Final Report: Nail and Thread Art

PROJECT INSPIRATION Photo sources: pinterest.com/pin/470344754815433809/ pinterest.com/pin/237635317816986795/ pinterest.com/pin/305822630929377089/ PROJECT VISION For my upcycling project, I was wanting to make something more visually pleasing rather than functional. I have been obsessing over interior design lately, so I decided I wanted to make some sort of decor for my apartment. This nail and thread art came to mind.…
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Upcycle Final Report: How Baby Terrariums Are Made

Click here for a video of the presentation. Most of the slides can be found below. I originally considered a very different project… I am a fan of the Metal Earth series of miniature models laser-cut from thin sheets of steel, so I had planned to design and cut my own out of aluminum beverage cans.…
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Upcycle Final Report: Theo Jansen Inspired Kinetic Sculpture

Inspired by Theo Jansen’s Strandbeest project, I set out to create my own functional desktop Strandbeest. I wanted the creature to be powered by a crank, made out of paper, and resemble the aesthetic created by Jansen but with my own more modern industrial twist. For those unfamiliar with his work here is a brief.…
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Upcycle Final Report: Steampunk Jellyfish

Inspired by the giant, steampunk octopus of Burning Man, “El Pulpo Mechanico”, and a favorite video game character of mine, Fallout 4‘s “Codsworth”, I decided to use steampunk as the aesthetic of my Upcycle project and build a much smaller-scale jellyfish. My initial plans for materials included (but were not limited to) light bulbs, guitar strings, scrap…
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Upcycle Final Report: Cardboard Laptop Case

Hello everyone, Here we are at the end of the upcycle project, after many mistakes and design looping for many of us. The following is all of the steps and thoughts contained in my project: the cardboard laptop case! I did not google this idea before I began (honestly!) but Fig.1 is something I found that is…
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Upcycle Final Report: Scale Model EDM Stage

The above videos are demonstrations of my Upcycle project in action. I enjoy learning about lighting and stage design. For my upcycle project, I created a miniature scale electronic dance music (EDM) projection stage. A projection stage is generally a structure with three-dimensional surfaces on top of which images are projected from a video projector. Projection stages are…
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