Upcycle Progress Report: Headphone Stand

I chose a headphone stand for my upcycle project as a way to improve my carpentry skills and to create a functional piece of art for my workspace. Source: https://www.wayfair.com/17-Stories–Daiah-Ergonomic-Curved-Height-Adjustable-Standing-Desk I decided to choose minimalism as my inspiration, which led me to make my design fit into my workspace functionally and discretely. Also because of…

Upcycle Project Update – Don Julio 1942 Lamp

Up to this point, I have collected all materials necessary for my upcycle project, and am now working on final manufacturing processes and assembly. Unfortunately, I was unable to utilize the upcycled stained glass I found, and instead decided to use copper sheet I purchased from McGuckin. I decided to downscale my lamp to one…

Lamp of Bones: Upcycle Project Update

Introduction Dark and creepy feelings, creative shadow designs, ornate tracery, and animal bones are so far the highlight of my Upcycle project. I am sticking to the Modern Gothic design aesthetic to create a lamp that will be a centerpiece piece that projects light across the room. So far I’ve received excellent feedback from people…

Topographic Carving Update

My Upcycling project has been proceeding with mixed success. I worked to determine the area I wanted to focus on, and decided on Long’s Peak and the Dream Lake area of Rocky Mountain National Park. After working hard to generate STL files using topographic data by setting the size, setting a z-scaling factor, and determining…

Gorpcore Style Belt Bag

For my upcycle project I decided to create a belt bag in a Gorpcore aesthetic. To achieve this I decided to use a variety of ripstop nylons for the exterior of the bag. This was my first ever sewing project that required patterning a design and cutting different layers for it to be assembled. I…

Upcycling Project Update

  My upcycling project changed from what I originally posted about in last week blog post. My first idea was to make a wooden light out of some scrap pallet wood from my senior design project, but after talking with josh and looking at the scope of the project, it wasn’t very feasible. I then…

Upcycling Project Progress Report

So far I’ve been able to make 2 knots. The knot here is called, 吉祥結 (Jíxiáng jié) which is known as the “auspicious knot” or the “good luck knot”.  This knot is usually hung up around to bring good luck. It is also sometimes associated with the Goddess of Mercy, Guanyin. I originally had the…

Upcycle Progress Report

My intended plan for the upcycling project is making a Gorpcore bag. This project consists of the deconstruction of old clothing and footwear that will be resew into a fabric for what will end up being being a sling bag. So far, I have collected the materials and being deconstructing. I have noted the cotton…

Upcycle Progress Report

For this week I continued working on sketching out my plan and actually building some of the smaller, individual components. I realized that I was adding extra steps for myself with the scotch yoke connected to the right-angle which would then convert into linear motion. I could just connect the yoke directly to the beam.…

Upcycle Project Update

My upcycle project is going well and I am making strong progress. I have finished up the CAD model and have created the initial CorelDraws to be able to Laser Cut the cardboard. In addition, I have collected the materials I will be using: cardboard and a ball bearing. My next step will be to…

Tensegrity Table Update

For my upcycle project I chose to pursue building a tensegrity table. I acquired all my materials from the makerspace located in the idea forge on CU’s campus. My materials can be seen below, consisting of two rectangular ply-wood boards, one 1.25″ diameter wood rod, about 5 feet of paracord, and about six inches of…

Upcycling Progress Report

For my upcyling project I am trying to make a press. Like a bookbinding press but for small art pieces and flowers. The goal is for it to use gravity rather than mechanical advantage to apply force, and to ensure that it doesnt take up extra usable space on my desk I’m attempting to make…

Upcycle Update – Desk Toy

For my Upcycle project, I am making my own rendition of a Turner’s Cube out of a scrap piece of aluminum. To start, I researched Turner’s cubes online. After seeing varying designs and types, I understood the aesthetic I was going for, cubes in circles that are not free floating. I designed my cube in…

Upcycling Progress Report – Succulent Garden

As elaborated in my previous post, I am creating a succulent garden centered around upcycled music equipment and accessories and displaying a 70s aesthetic. After experimenting with molding records, I realized that full 12″ EP/LPs would be too large to comfortably fit inside any hole I could bore in the fretboard. I reached out to…

Upcycle Progress Report: Ornamented Earrings

The inspiration for my upcycling project came from Central European folk ornamentation, and in particular, the work of Slovak artist Štefan L. Kostelničák. Central European folk ornamentation is incredibly varied across different regions, time periods, and even among individual artists. It champions the creativity and imagination of each individual who engages with it. At the…

Up-cycling Progress Report

For my up-cycling project, a cybernetic punk soldering table. I have made good progress in design and material sourcing, but still have notable manufacturing time ahead of me. In terms of materials, I have all the required materials to complete my project. These consist of a large collection of aluminum cans, which must be cut…

Post 3: Upcycle Progress Report

My upcycle project is going mostly according to plan, I’ve successfully done all of the major work by hand. I’ve decided to sacrifice the porcupine model as my testing / prototype so that I can more successfully execute my vision for the hedgehog. Already this method has proved beneficial, making changes for the second piece…

An Upcycling Progress Report

Thus far in my project, I have managed to salvage wood from the machine shop in the ITLL, and make a plan to move forward with. From the sketch that is both the cover photo of this post and down below, one is able to view my plans. As most of the wood I’ve reclaimed…

Boro Style Tapestry Progress

So far I have been able to collect all of the materials for the tapestry and determine exactly how I want to go about constructing the piece. I have selected to use mostly darker denim material that I picked up from the thrift store. I have been cutting apart the pairs of jeans along the…

Upcycle Progress Report

Admittedly, I would like to be farther along on my project than I am. So far, I have acquired the piece of technology that I am going to destroy in the name of this class. It’s an old Panasonic VCR found at Goodwill, bought at a much lower price than it was probably sold for.…

Upcycle Progress Report

My upcycling project is going pretty well right now. So far I have collected a bunch of recycled cardboard from the engineering center of various sizes. The card board is not very sturdy so I bought a cheap baseboard from a local Walgreens that I can use to place my model on top of. The…

Upcycling Project Update

In my last blog post, I left off with a good sense for what I wanted to do for my project. This was to develop a better gear storage rack in my closet, with a rural/ industrial aesthetic. I had brainstormed on a few material ideas, including metal piping, and chain-link fence. Thinking more about…