Upcycle Progress

As an engineer I am accustom to the principle of form follows function. Which is why this project is a challenging one for me. I wanted to create something that could be useful in my everyday life but also reflect my person style. I started with identifying a need and then brainstormed solutions. I find…
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Upcycle Progress

Source: https://www.delish.com/entertaining/g3815/upcycle-beer-bottles-diy-projects/?slide=1 My First post was about my thinking process about this project. After thinking a lot. I decided to use some o the bottles I have as flower vases. This idea I found while searching for innovations for utilizing empty bottles. Also, I am planing to add some decorations to the bottles such as…
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Upcycle Progress: Kintsugi

Kintsugi is a pottery technique that glorifies imperfection and embraces the cracks that bring us together. The art-form dates back to the Japanese shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa, who sent sent a piece of pottery back to China to be repaired. After the piece return, lackluster held together with only staples, he decided to have it mended…
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Upcycle Progress: Layers

I was very intrigued when I heard the first project we would be working on was going to involve upcycling. Upcycling is the process of creating something out of waste materials or products for a better purpose. I thought this challenge would be fun since it puts constraints on what materials we are allowed to…
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Upcycle Progress: Wall Mount Piece

Multiple Sketches for Further Conceptualization More Detailed Skateboard Mount Guitar Experimentation I have not completely decided on a final project to get working on but I have a far greater understanding of how I will achieve my aesthetic goals as I sketch more and more. I am currently considering the different applications of reused guitars…
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Upcycle Progress: Drawer

Design Process: Available Materials: due to the requirement of the assignment, my first concern was what materials do I have in my disposal that can be used. Since I have amazon prime and being lazy, I end up with a lot of shipping boxes. 2) Brainstorming: my biggest concern in this step was to come up with as many ideas as possible. However, the option to build something out of card boxed are endless. Thus, i have decided to do something that would be useful. 3) Objective of product: after coming up with multiple ideas, I have decided to do a drawer because  it was something I wanted to buy for my apartment and doing this project will save me money. So two birds…
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Upcycle Progress / Design Process

Here is a block/bubble diagram representation of my upcycle project design process. The rectangular blocks represent more defined portions and the round bubbles are more obscure. I’ll walk you through my journey so far. The assignment. Pretty straightforward. We are tasked with creating something out of something less good. It must be reasonably sized. Frugality…
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Upcycle Progress 2019

A lot of my project so far has consisted of paying more attention to my surrounds and available material. We have a program at my work where we take the hard to recycle materials and bring it to the CHARM facility here in Boulder. Because of this, I’m currently loaded with charger cables, plastic bags,…
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Upcycle Progress

My upcycle project is still in the works design-wise, but a great deal of my design process has centered around the materials that I intend on using. My cheap-o wooden IKEA bed frame recently gave up the ghost, and with its passing came loads of recyclable materials. Primarily, I’m interested in its plywood slats and…
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Up-cycle Project

The biggest challenge in starting the design for my up-cycle project is trying to figure out what material I want to use to create the project and what it is that I want to make. I began by walking around my apartment trying to figure out what material I had that could be transformed into…
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Upcycle Project: Zoetrope

I have spent sometime thinking of what I wanted to make for my upcycle project. What I knew was that I wanted something which involved something I learned here as a mechanical engineer. I remembered seeing a toy which had a small circular platform, had evenly spaced slits on it’s top with still images of…
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Upcycle Progress: Plastic Waste

Plastic waste has a significant impact on the environment. Since most plastics are not degradable i’ve decided to use this material for my upcycle project. I’ve also been inspired from companies like Parley and Adidas who created products from plastic waste in the ocean. These types of products satisfy customer demands while also helping the…
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Upcycle Progress: Pennies

It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do for this project and a couple ideas were bouncing around in my head. I was originally going to make some sort of plant based project that would grow within a glass bottle, as seen in the picture below. However, after contemplating the…
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Upcycled Skyline

http://www.designturnpike.com/pop_soda_and_beer_bottle_cap_art_and_maps.html I found two upcycle ideas that I was truly torn between. One of them was this idea of using bottle caps to create some crafts. I figured that since we are in a college town, bottle caps have to be one of the most abundant items that can be used for upcycling. Also, the…
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Drawstring T-Shirt

My upcycle project is based on the t-shirt design above. I felt inspired by the design because when I was in high school I would wear a shoe lace belt instead of a normal belt. A regular belt holds up better but I liked the style of the shoe lace belt more. It gave more…
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Upcycle Progress: Cork

The appealing look of a cork caught my eye instantly. I found cork projects all over google images, pinterest, and my friends houses. Corks can be used for apparel, furniture, jewelry holders, and decoration. The cork gives a house a very unique down to earth feeling. There are also associated unique wine and champagne labels…
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