Student Work

Bicycle Component Clock

  Original Inspiration Intro Almost a year ago I visited a friend and saw a bicycle disc rotor hung on the wall. I had seen a few pieces of bicycle art before but this caught my eye and I walked over for a closer look. It was a functional and clean looking wall clock. The…

Natural Lighting Fixture

My main drive for the upcycle project was to turn a log into something useful. At first I was uncertain on the route to take with my piece. A few initial ideas were a chair, coffee table, and chandelier. The coffee table was automatically ruled out due to its comical role in the class room.…

Laundry Basket Chandelier

My vision for this project began with bettering the light in my living room. Much like many college homes in Boulder, the main rooms lack built in lighting. There is a lack of lighting over our kitchen table so I decided to design a chandelier that would add character to the room and light our…

Explosive Nutcracker

Last year for Christmas a friend gave me an unloaded grenade as a gift.  Since getting a chance to play with it, the triggering system has fascinated me.  The system is very simple.  The pin holds the lever (or spoon) which holds back a spring loaded striker.  When the pin is pulled and the spoon…

Shotgun Shell Lights Final Project

After some exploration and creative thinking, I ended up creating a string of shotgun shell lights. I based my project strictly around using empty shotgun shells. I initially thought of creating art for art’s sake and using the shells as the border or outline. I also thought about using the brass to make drink coasters…

Bottle Table Lamp

My bottle lamp has been “completed”! Overall, I’m proud of the finished product, but I definitely have some ideas for improvements to make to it over the next few days/weeks. Let me get into the actual process to go from the bottle below, to the lamp you see above. Initial Ideas, Research, and Inspiration As…

Decorative Aspen Branch Light

Initial Design Process My original idea for this project was to create a thing. I knew that I wanted to make something cool, so I looked up pictures of upcycled projects on Google. I saw a lot of cool things, and I thought that I wanted to make something out of doilies. I had in…

Indoor Thermometer & Hygrometer

First Steps 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 ProMini ($2 from sparkfun’s annual sale a few years…

Molten Aluminum Art

Inspiration For this Upcycling project, my inspiration came from the Anthillart.com video on making anthill art from molten aluminum.  The fixtures created and sold on the website contained approximately 18 pounds of aluminum.  After facing difficulty locating an empty anthill near Boulder, I decided to try a different approach.  The YouTube artist “The Backyard Scientist”…

Aluminum can model

Sketch based upon can wheel side and photo Here it is the #16 PBR racer, complete with rolling wheels, rear suspension, and movable steering. The motorcycle is designed as a cafe racer with large v-twin engine, short clip on handlebars, and exposed frame (see image below). Every piece was made from 16 oz. Pabst Blue…

Red Bull Gives You Wings

The upcycling process, for me, took some really interesting turns during the design process. I originally started off with the idea of creating art using cassette tapes and/or paper clips. This proved to be much more challenging for me than I thought going into to project. I could not get the cassette tape to form…

Life size Pokemon Project Report

Pokemon(Owned by Nintendo, Game Freak and Monsters inc.) is commonly known as a consol game where you raise creatures called Pokemon, fight with them, and become the strongest trainer in the world. There is also a manga, anime and card game for it. This project focused on creating a life size version of one specific…

Bicycle Inner Tube Watchband: Project Report

After a satisfying design process and two days of building it, I have finished my inner tube watchband. So far, it’s turned out a lot better than I thought it would. It’s waterproof, comfortable, looks hip, and upholds the bike aesthetic that I love since I am a cyclist myself. I will detail in this blog…

The Bird’s Nest

My project has come a long way from my brainstorming and loose materials into the upcycling design it is now. Below I explain my process and my goals and desires for this project and how I felt I reached my goals or not. Reality vs. Imagined My actual process was very different than how I…

Upcycle Reports

Hi, here is what we talked about in class today; what the Upcycle Reports/Blog posts should have. Then we saw some stellar projects! I am so excited by the quality! Upcycle Reports/Blog Due Weds Feb 3 Set a Featured Image OK to cut and paste from Progress blog Describe your actual design process vs ideal.…

Credit/Gift Card Upcyling

  Introduction and Inspiration I was scrolling down on my Facebook timeline one day until I ran into a video of someone recycling old credit/gift cards (traditional plastic card you use every day). The video featured him making keychains, guitar picks and replaced missing remote battery hatches. I thought it was such a creative idea…

Report – Woven Tape Measure Chair

Inspiration In Hong Kong I came across this shop called “GOD” (Goods of Desire) selling handbags made of woven seamstress tape measures. It was a clever way to make a durable product, but like most things at GOD, these bags were extremely over priced. Sometime later in the Guangzhou fabric district I came across the…

Vinyl Record Clock

The aspect of the this assignment with which I struggled with most was not time constraints or a lack of resources, but rather a barrier of creativity and originality through which I could not breach. I saw upcycling as a beautiful concept: at times, turning something vaguely useless into something with purpose; and at others,…

Progress on Aspen Branch Light

I love aspen trees, and I thought that using them to make some sort of decorative light would be really neat. I started by gathering a bunch of fallen aspen branches and logs on a hike up by Nederland High School. I didn’t want to cut anything off a living tree because firstly that would be…

Cardboard Hexagon Lamp

Is it weird if I have a thing for corrugated cardboard? Maybe it’s weird. I don’t know. Anyway, my goal for this project was a laser cut, cardboard light fixture. I’ve seen some interesting concepts that use a laser cutter to cut shapes out for a light assembly, and I felt inspired. That said, I…

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…

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…

Old School Stool

The stool, made from a bike rear triangle. [1]While looking at bike stuff on the internet, I came across these stools. I have some scrap frames and junker bikes, so I filed this away as a project. Realizing that there is so much more that can be done with these, I decided to switch away…

Bicycle Chainring Clock Completed

As a competitive triathlete and avid cyclist, I thought it would be a fun project to make a bicycle chainring clock. What motivated me in this project was not only my love of anything to do with bicycles, but the fact that I am graduating this Spring and I wanted to give my collegiate coach…

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…

Convergence Design Loop

For work I made this divergent/convergent design process diagram with the iteration spiral. This illustrates what I described in class. Apparently there’s some psychology behind blue being divergent and red being convergent. If anyone has more info on that factoid, I’d be interested.

Get it while its Hot and Smoky!

For the up-cycling project, I have decided to make a BBQ smoker out of an old beer keg. The reasons are makeing a BBQ smoker is simple really, I like good food and I like hanging out with friends. Smoking meats adds flavor while still allowing the meat to be very tender. This is done…

Cassette Art Progress

For my upcycling project I have chosen to take old cassette tapes and place them onto a foam core board to create an image (example shown below). My design might not be as intricate as the one pictured above, but I hope to try to make my design using one continuous line of tape. I…

Tank made by 223 Cartridge Cases

For my upcycle project I plan to use the popular 223 ammo shell cases to make a tank. These brass shell cases were collected after my buddies and I shot targets in the mountains. Since they have already been fired, they are safe to be handled and to be made into artworks. I will be…

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…

American beer bottle cap art

If there’s two things I love it’s beer and the US of A.  So I decided to merge the two and create an American themed mural to hang on the wall made of beer bottle caps.  Originally I thought I would make an American flag, but thats not too original and I didn’t have enough…

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…

Retro Television Cabinet

For my up cycle project, I had my eye on an old television laying around in my girlfriend’s parent’s basement. With a little help from the internet, I was inspired to make the TV into a liquor cabinet. It’s been collecting dust for at least 15 years, so I figured that I could bring new…

TV Terrarium Progress

After the dawn of flat-screen tv’s Cathode ray television sets became a rare sight in the American household, but a dime-a-dozen in the junkyard.  Despite how many of these tv’s began to make there way out of the living room and on to the curve, very few ended up in recycling centers.  This cathode ray…

Mini Strandbeest design progress

Continuing from my last post about Strandbeest I bought a mini strandbeest assembly kit to help me better understand the mechanism and drain some idea. I was able to assemble it as shown in the figures: I also took a video of it “walking” while blowing it with hair dryer but unfortunatly it wasn’t compatible with the website.…

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…

Upcycle Progress – Barn Door

I have been wanting to make a barn door out of old pallet wood for quite some time.  The guest bathroom in my home is also the laundry room and I’m not fond of guests being forced to see our dirty clothes and cluttered shelves.  As you might be able to tell, there is no…

Broken China Tea Cup Mosaic Progress

I am really interested in mosaics: the designs, the applications, and the methodology. x x A friend gave me a beautiful china tea cup and saucer for my birthday, which my cat, of course, knocked off the counter and broke. Since then I have held on to the pieces, hoping for an opportunity to use…

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…

From Milk Jugs to Marble Art!

Well not exactly milk jugs… The goal of this upcycle project is to create vibrant art pieces that you would want to hang on your wall, all for the low price of some milk jugs or buckets. What I will be melting down is HDPE plastic, or High Density Polyethylene. You can find this plastic…

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…

Glorious Glue Tree of Glass and Color

My project revolves around pure aesthetic – specifically a lot of color and shiny things and light (all of my favorite things). The main idea is using a ton of glue that dries clear, I will add in different colored glass shards and build a gloriously colorful glass shard tree. As I cannot start until tomorrow…

Solar Cooker Progress

I decide to make a solar box cooker for my upcycling project. This idea comes from the cookstove class I took in the last spring, which was offered by Professor Hannigan. He taught us about the solar oven. So in this class, I think it is a good idea to make my own solar cooker.…

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…

Explosive Nutcracker

Last year for Christmas one of my friends gave me a decommissioned or unloaded grenade as a gift.  Since getting a chance to play with it, the triggering system has fascinated me.  The system is very simple.  The pin holds on the lever (or spoon) which holds back a spring loaded striker.  When the pin…

Liquor Bottles to Cups

For my upcycling project I will be taking used liquor bottles and spaghetti sauce jars and turning them into cups and other useful items.  The idea originally came from when my roommates and I did not have many cups and we started using old Prego sauce jars as cups.  Shortly after I stumbled across a…

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…

Statement Chandelier

If you took a look at my college apartment, you would notice that about 70% of my house is re-purposed furniture. With a limited budget and my desire to keep up a stylish appearance, I have done everything from repainted wood chairs to upholstered garage sale furniture and paint art on the wall. However, all…

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…

Shotgun Shell Upcycle

One of my hobbies is to go clay shooting with my friends. I started shooting at a young age with my dad being in law enforcement. When I left for college my dad gifted me his old shotgun as a going away present. When the weather is good, me and my friends enjoy a short…

Bicycle Inner Tube Watchband

I am an avid cyclist, and since I ride my bike a lot I’ve also inevitably gotten a lot of flat tires. This means I have a lot of old inner tubes lying around my house, so for my upcycling project I’ve decided to use them. This is nothing new as there are many cyclists…

Cardboard Furniture Progress

I have chosen to create a piece of cardboard furniture since I have always wanted to do it as a project. Thankfully, I also have an excessive amount of cardboard at my house just waiting for its time to shine. My current concept is for a bookshelf that doubles as a night stand. However, I…

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…

Chris Coffman Upcycle Progress

My idea is to create an representation of a globe using bottle caps (seems to be a recurring theme) and an old basketball that I have laying around.  I think that this would serve as pretty cool artwork for any home, if done right.  I will start by spray painting the basketball blue like the…

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…