Tag - Recycling

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Recycled Paper Butterflies

paperbutterfliesthumb.jpgThese colourful paper butterflies are great for brightening up a dull wall, or pinning on a gift - they're easy to make, using any colourful paper - even an ad page from a magazine.

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Orange Peel Box

orangepeelboxthumb.JPGI've noticed that citrus peel dries out to form quite a tough, leathery material. This is an experiment to see if it can be made into anything useful - starting with this small trinket box.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Lard Lamp

lardlampthumb.JPGThis is a simple little oil lamp specially designed to burn fuels that are solid at room temperatures - such as leftover fats from cooking bacon, sausages, duck or other greasy foods.

It's made from pewter, using the lost wax casting method.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Recycled Christmas Card Boxes

cardboxesthumb.JPGThese little gift boxes are made from recycled Christmas cards - they're easy to make and can be filled with tasty treats or small gifts for the tree or as stocking fillers.

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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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Friday, October 17, 2008

Drink Can Tinwork

tinwork10.jpgSoft drink cans are easily recyclable as scrap metal, but I fancied trying something a little more direct - a simplified form of tinwork.

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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

French Knitting - Working With Plastic Bag Yarn

frenchknitting3_1.JPGThis knitting loom is designed on exactly the same principles as the French knitting bobbin in previous articles - it's just bigger, with more pegs.

But I'm going to use a recycled material this time - plastic bag yarn

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Saturday, August 23, 2008

Making A French Knitting Bobbin

frenchknitting9.jpgFrench knitting has been around for centuries - here's how to make and use a French knitting kit

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

CD Spindle Case Propagator

propagator1.jpgHow to make a mini propagator from an empty CD spindle case.

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Spin Art Machine

spinart14.jpgIn case you slept right through the 1970s (or weren't born then, perhaps), this is a machine that spins a piece of card, paper or canvas really fast, causing any paint applied to it (before spinning it, or while it is spinning) to splatter off in interesting and striking radial patterns. In this project, we're going to try to make one out of scavenged and upcycled parts.

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