Upcycle Progress 2021

Finding the Missing Link: Progress

Inspiration and Vision I chose my upcycle aesthetic to be rustic in order to imitate my family’s mountain cabin feel because my inspiration for this project came from wooden chain links in the cabin that my grandfather’s carved. Ever since I was a little kid, I have wanted to attempt this project but it takes…

Upcycling a Vase using Collage Progress.

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For my project, I decided to upcycle a decorative vase I had by using leftover magazines, newspaper, and other paper material lying around my house to form an art piece that fits the Merz paper mache collage aesthetic. I have been interested in the Merz aesthetic ever since I found out about and researched it’s…

Upcycling Progress: Orlog

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For my Upcycling Project I decided to go with the Viking Aesthetic. I described the origins of this aesthetic and the types included within it in my last post. For the project, I decided to make my own version of Orlog, the game featured within the videogame Assassins Creed Valhalla. The game’s components include 12…

Upcycle Progress

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For my upcycling project, I have planned to make a wire sculpture from upcycled copper wire. I explored several different ideas, including wire-wrap jewelry, or other wire-wrap decorations. For example, the two photos below represent the exploration phase of the project for me. I had no clear ideas in mind, and instead was just using…

Christmas Upcycle Progress

For my upcycling project, I have planned to construct a Christmas tree out of used beer cans. I explored a few different ideas on how to construct the tree and ways to arrange the beer cans to resemble a Christmas tree. After narrowing down my ideas, the first step was to find a used cardboard…

Upcycle Progress: Japanese Gi Inspired Patchwork Jacket

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Upcycle Progress: Japanese Gi Inspired Patchwork Jacket The first step in this project was planning. I had all the scrap material laying around but needed to know exactly how I was going to cut and sew it together. To figure this out I took a crew neck long sleeved shirt that I liked the fit…

Upcycle Sailing Progress

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I began the construction of my upcycled materials to make something that forms to the Aesthetic of sailing. A couple weeks ago I ran into this real old bottle of Seagrams Canadian Whisky and the name Seagrams made me think of the Sea and I decided to make the bottle the base of my aesthetic…

Glimbing Gear Mobile

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For my upscaling project, I am going to be making a mobile out of climbing gear.  When I say mobile, I mean like the ones hanging above a babies crib.  In my aesthetic post, I mostly talked about the design of climbing gear and how its changed (or not) over the years.  This gave me…

Escher Upcycle Progress Update

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The progress for my artifact with the M. C. Escher aesthetic is that I am almost out of the planning phase. I have all of my materials that I am planning to use and I have a very general idea of what I want this project to look like. I made a rough CAD model…

Upcycling a Nerf Gun with an Outrun Aesthetic

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  For my upcycling project, I decided to upgrade a nerf gun and give it an Outrun aesthetic. If you do not know what Outrun is and would like a better idea, take a look at my previous 2 posts but it’s basically the Miami Vice and Synthwave look. I bought this nerf gun at…

Upcycle Progress: Polaroid Picture Frame

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Utilizing the feedback I received from the original Upcycling Aesthetics post I have decided to alter my original thoughts for my final artifact. I will still be making a polaroid picture frame utilizing old wooden hockey sticks and chicken wire. However, it was made evident to me that I should add more of a modern…

Upcycling Progress

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At this point in the upcycling project, I was have disassembled my Casio calculators and taken out the solar panels. In order to test if the panels are in a working condition, I hooked them up on a Breadboard and connected them with standard red LED (1.7 to 2V) and blue LED(3 to 3.3V). Under…

Upcycle Progress: Cardboard Rocket Ship

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The first step of creating a cardboard rocket ship is to obtain flat cardboard pieces. So I have disassembled one of my cardboard boxes into several moderately sized pieces. The first part I decided to make is the body of the ship. The body will be a hexagon prism, so I would need 6 identical…

Modern/ Minimalist Coffee Table Update

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  I feel like I am doing this project a little backwards. In my last post I mostly discussed materials and current status. I have spent most of the last week working on design refinement. I took a detour to explore another style because of a piece of wood that I really liked, but ultimately…

Upcycle Progress: Lichtenberg Vinyl Frame

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Hi All, In this blog post, I’ll be going over some of the progress I’ve made thus far on designing my Lichtenberg vinyl frame. Although I have not physically started constructing my vinyl frame, I’ve made some preliminary designs for the dimensions. The vinyl album itself is 12 and 7/16″ squared. To size the frame,…

Upcycle Progress: Bicycle Wheel

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Since my previous post, I’ve finalized my design to be a bicycle wheel clock. The materials I will need for the design will compose of a bicycle wheel rim, cardboard(for numbers or clock hands), an old clock(for the mechanism), some spray paint, old RGB lights with a battery, and velcro. Initially, I started by taking…

Upcycle Progress: EDM Mainstage Model

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  Following the comments from the previous post, I decided to incorporate gaming as a theme for the mainstage similar to how festivals have nature or a themed festival. For this, I took apart an old controller and added it as a DJ controller which is basically where the producers and DJs mix their music…

Upcycle Progress – Cardboard AE86

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When I started my upcycle project, I knew I wanted to make a cardboard model of the AE86 from Initial D, but I wasn’t really sure about how to go about it. I was able to get some measurements by measuring a side view of the car, but I wasn’t sure how to go about…

Futuristic Lighting Upcycle Progress

I decided to do a lighting study on ways to diffuse the light. Diffusion is absolutely key in achieving the intended aesthetic. Without proper diffusion, the lighting is too harsh and stands out so much to the point that the lights are more of an eyesore than anything. This is where adding LED strips usually…

Upcycled Natural Home Decor – Progress Post

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For my upcycle project I am repurposing three wine bottles into sustainable modern indoor planters. Two of the planters are self watering herb planters and one is a succulent boat planter. For the past few weeks I have been hard at work learning to cut and finish glass bottles to use them for my planters…

Tropical Upcycle Progress

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I have begun the process of creating my tropical upcycle project. The first step in the process was to select the glass I was going to use. I chose to use a selection of old bottles that I collected that I had in three different colors. These colors were green, blue, and brown. I plan…

Turning a Chair Into a Table

One minute I have a nice, clean, clutter-free dining area. The next I have a makeshift woodshop, complete with wood shavings and saw dust. Over the past week I have made some major strides in gathering the necessary equipment and kicking off the creation of my modern style accent table. In my last post, A…

Upcycle Progress: Plant Magnets

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Upcycle Progress: Modern with Magnets The first step of this project was actually looking through all the material I currently have and to decide from there which ones and how I would like to use them in the project. I grabbed all the air plants I currently have and looked at how I would like…

Ski Chair In Progress

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Alright, Ill be honest I finished this product very quickly and did not take many photos in the process, so what I will be doing is showing my setup and the steps that I took to make this final product, going based off materials and dimensions as well as the one video I used to…

Cardboard Car Upcycle Progress

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This project has been pretty challenging in getting the body of the car to a place where I am happy with it and the main materials I have used so far is cardboard and glue. The way I have been making the car is to use regular cardboard to get the general shape and then…

Upcycle Progress: Ode to Track and Field

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I have gathered all of the supplies for my project and have created the layout that I want my racing bibs to be in. The two images below show my racing bibs in the layout of the CU logo and the other materials I have to fill in the blanks. One is a newspaper article…

Melting Into the Keyboard

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Throughout the process of constructing my upcycling project, I have overcome many challenges that I didn’t expect. I have found that even though you have a good idea of what you want to do, it usually won’t be as easy as you imagine. As you may or may not know from my blog post last…

Upcycle Spatula Progress

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Since the last post, I have come up with a set design for my upcycle spatula. I have also finalized my plan for actually building and finishing the spatula. I have not gotten to the building process yet, but I plan to get started in the coming week. For now, I will just describe my…

Upcycle Progress: Climbing Crash Pad to Couch

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I have been seeing some good progress in my upcycle project to repurpose my rock climbing crash pad into a couch. So far, I have fully fleshed out the design, planned on my materials, and now just need to fabricate the frame. In order to minimize cost and materials, I spent some time working out…

Rocket Upcycle Progress Update

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Progress for my upcycle project has been moving along at a good pace. I spent the majority of the previous week planning the finalized design for my build as well as acquiring all the materials that will be necessary.  My plan is to cut out multiple faces of the Saturn V rocket out of cardboard,…

Upcycled Incense Waterfall Update

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Example waterfall As an update I am close to my final assembly and I am so satisfied with the way the waterfall came out. I will outline the crafting process in the final post, but the changes I would like to make are the spout in which the incense is held. Without really thinking I…

Statue of Adventure—Upcycle Progress

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The upcycling aesthetic that I chose was one of triumph and adventure. I decided to create a statue with a heroic pose made primarily out of a plastic bag, at least from the outside. The materials I gathered for the piece were pipe-cleaners, tinfoil, a small paper cup, and a plastic bag. Following the basic…

Skateboard to Lamp Progress

The Lamp is coming along very well! Following the initial sketches I made, I went ahead and took measurements of the board and my lamp frame to get a better sense of how the slats would be made. From here I made a template of one of the slats with a slight curve. I feel…
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