Creative Phase Activities
Techniques & Tutorials
HOUSEHOLD WASTE UP-CYCLING WITH MOLDING TECHNIQUE
1. Sense making of recycling, waking
awareness about the link between creating objects and protecting the
3. Discovering and recycling skills
4. Creating souvenirs to remind positive
experience of the workshop.
Some experience in working with resin is preferable: It is recommended for the trainer to try out the proposed techniques before introducing it in the workshop (see the tutorial).
Trainer shall also be prepared to know a few
technical terms in the mother-tongue of the
- UV resin is small portions, one per participant
- spices and grains collected from home
- small plastic bottles to hold the spices
- wooden sticks to mix species with resin
- metal wires, jewelry findings such as hooks for earrings, hoops for
- silicone molds
- small UV lamps or a place exposed to sunlight
Between 120 to 180 minutes
Transforming worthless things, such as household waste into beautiful small objects such as talismans, jewellery, book marks or hanging decorations is a way not only to discover beauty in things where you didn‘t think of searching for it, but it is also a way to sensitise yourself and your environment to the importance of up-cycling whenever it is possible.
But, as the molding technique does not require finely powdered materials or pigments, you can work with small pieces of nearly waste that you can find at home or that you collect in the city or the natures such as small stones, leaves, grains, vegetable or fruit peelings etc.
In this activity, just like in the space talismans workshop, you will work with spices, pigments, herbs or other organic household waste.
In the same way as with the spice talismans, you can created small wearable pieces.
You can play to create different shapes.
You can also mix the resin with paint and other materials before pouring it into your mold to create new textures, for instance, with sand.
If you don't have silicone molds at your disposal, you can also use hard plastic that you cut off to different shapes.
When it's dry and hard, you can peal it off the plastic shape.
The learning process is a series of experimentation about the behavior of the materials, so be prepared not to have immediately the result that you imagined.
Nevertheless, there are some failures that you can avoid, such putting too much spices and grains into your mold
Or willing to create too precise compositions as resin will dissolve the outlines.
At the end, when your piece is a success, it a double pleasure: that of seeing your waste material in a different way, as a source of beauty but also the pleasure of having learnt something new.
Then you can observe your creations from even closer with the help of your smartphone.