This unique jewellery resulted from a fantastic collaboration between RCA graduate Florie Salnot and Sandblast – an arts and human rights charity that works with the indigenous people from Western Sahara. Old plastic bottles are collected from refugee camps and repurposed into faux gold jewellery, potentially reshaping a struggling community by giving them the tools they need to attain economic self-sufficiency.
The low-cost, low-energy production process requires hot sand, a nail board and paint. Artisans paint plastic bottles the desired colour and allow them to dry. The bottles are then cut into long, thin strips and woven around intricately arranged nails that have been hammered into a wooden board. The board is then 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. Via Inhabitat