Origami & Upcycling: New Approach to Crafts

January 21st, 2014 in member junk     
margaretsw margaretsw, member
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This project with the blue and white pattern was ordered by a Sydney-based cleaning company for their main office
Origami closeup
This project with the blue and white pattern was ordered by a Sydney-based cleaning company for their main office

This project with the blue and white pattern was ordered by a Sydney-based cleaning company for their main office


​This project was inspired when I first saw the work of Ben Goraj - a young student who has found an extraordinary way to fill up his spare time and create amazing pieces of art. For him it all started with YouTube videos and lots of paper at hand, for me, it was back in kindergarten when we first attempted to make swans out of paper. To me that was it, my life-long fascination with origami art was triggered, so over the years I have tried different high-difficulty projects and whenever I have a spare moment or need to keep my hands busy I turn to paper. 

However, it's not environmentally-friendly. We all know how many trees get cut to produce one single sheet of paper! Furthermore, coloured paper fades quickly when exposed to sunlight. While I have never thought to sell my creations as no one really wants to buy origami, Ben Goraj has turned origami-making into quite the sensation. His idea to use discarded tin cans to make fantastic origami figures.

This sounds fantastic as you can upcycle old cans, make a new accessory for teenager's room and have an exciting new project to focus on. Still, it's not all peaches and cream. If you try folding the pieces by hand, you risk cutting yourself pretty badly. However, if you have read my previous entry, you know that I have already mastered the power saw, so nothing can scare me. Plus, I figured a pair of pliers would come in pretty handy. 

For the creation of one of these origami stars you would need approximately 5-8 cans. You can use different makes to jazz up the design and the colour scheme. Don't be afraid, if the first few attempts aren't as great as you have imagined. As they say "practice makes perfect".

Additionally, if you are a fan of energy drinks you would have plenty of material to work with. Another source of can material are the recycle bins or you can ask friends and relatives to chip in with their used cans.

About the stand - I used an old Christmas candle holder. I have many and since the holiday is over, I figured I could reuse the frame to make something else.


Pattern or design used: Go Ray Products
posted in: member junk, artwork, eclectic, candle holder, family room, living room, office, recycling, origami, tin cans, origami art, upcycling

Comments (5)

suziart writes: Wow!!! This is really cool and duch a creative way to use old cans.

SuZi

Posted: 7:26 am on January 23rd
shabbychick writes: This is amazing. I can't even imagine being able to create something so beautiful out of tin cans... And, I would for sure be heading to the emergency room for stitches.

Thanks for sharing your art!

Kathy Posted: 11:36 am on January 21st
gadgetsponge writes: That's definitely a welcomed spin on origami. And the fact that it took 5 to 8 cans -- fantastic! Posted: 5:12 am on January 21st
StrangeCargo writes: Margaret, origami takes a lot of skill and your creation is nothing short of beautiful.
Thanks!
Ken Posted: 4:52 am on January 21st
StrangeCargo writes: Margaret, origami takes a lot of skill and your creation is nothing short of beautiful.
Thanks!
Ken Posted: 4:51 am on January 21st
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