10 Jun '11, 2pm

Seriously amazing faux-gold jewelry made by Saharan refugees from recycled plastic bottles!

Seriously amazing faux-gold jewelry made by Saharan refugees from recycled plastic bottles!

The low-cost, low-energy production process requires only hot sand, a “nail board,” and paint. First, artisans carefully paint plastic bottles the desired color and allow them to dry. The colored bottles are then cut into long, thin strips and woven around intricately arranged nails that have been hammered into a wooden board. Once the strips are secure, the board is submerged in hot sand, which shrinks the plastic around the nail board’s pattern. When they are finally removed, the plastic strips have transformed into delicate, labyrinthine designs that are ready for sale.

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/saharan-refugee-camp-recycles-pl...

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