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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Magnet Fishing


A few years ago, I salvaged a collection of small but powerful rare earth magnets from old computer hard drives.

They've been sat there (well, actually stuck to a bit of shelving), waiting to be used for something.  OK - let's go Magnet Fishing!

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Sunday, December 29, 2013

More Plastic Moulding - Re-Making A Missing Handle

plasticmoulding4thumb.jpgHere's another plastic moulding project - this time, to make a new handle for a broken horn serving ladle.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Plastic Moulding - Replacing A Broken Lid

plasticmoulding3_thumb.jpgAlas! The plastic lid on one of my kitchen jugs broke.

This snap-on lid was one of the main reasons for buying it - as it makes the jug useful for storing leftover gravy or custard in the fridge.

So I set about making a replacement - out of my new favourite material - recycled HDPE.

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

HDPE Recycling - Tutorial

hdpehumb.jpgSeveral projects on this site have made use of recycled plastic - so I thought it was about time I documented the recycling process in video form.

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Making A Stirling Engine

stirlingenginethumb.jpgThis is a project to try to make a small working model Stirling engine - designed to run off a small heat source such as a candle or cup of hot water.

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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Making A Recycled Plastic Boat

plasticboatthumb.jpgMany of my past projects have thumbed their noses at convention or have been absurd, foolhardy or otherwise non-conformist, but this one extends the boundaries further than ever.

I'm going to try to make a boat by recycling plastic bottles.

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

More Plastic Recycling - Experimental Stuff

plasticmoulding2thumb.jpgSpurred on by the resounding success of my project to mould a replacement kitchen knife handle from recycled HDPE, I thought it might be worth a little experimentation, to try to get a measure of the potential for small-scale, amateur remoulding of this material.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Plastic Moulding - Using Recycled Bottle Tops

plasticmouldingthumb.jpgAlthough modest in the scale of its end result, in concept, this may well be my most ambitious recycling project yet. This is an attempt to mould a new plastic handle for my favourite kitchen knife, using recycled plastics, without any of the proper injection moulding equipment.

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Plastic Bag Recycling

plasticbagthumb.JPGAnother bash at recycling plastic bags by knitting with them, but this time with a couple of differences - I'm only going to use bags that are at end-of-life - that is, otherwise to be thrown away, and I'm making something sturdy durable and useful - a basket.

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