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Four phases / pattern making process
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ABOUT EDELPLAST

EDELPLAST is a research project that explores the possibilities of reinventing cable waste into a new, precious material. With high-tech waste being a product of our fast paced throwaway lifestyle, I chose to hand weave the wires, a very slow and traditional technique. Through this contrast I am expressing critique concerning our consumer society. The flat woven surfaces are pressed and melted, followed by cutting techniques to create intricate patterns. The patterns can range from very graphic images to almost marble like patterns, researching when something might be seen as precious. Graduated as a jewellery designer and silversmith, the first objects made out of EDELPLAST material are jewellery pieces.
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Pattern process The picture shows two patterns, the right side is a further developed version of the left side. When the left pattern is cut, placed and melted again it gives the right pattern.    
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Process video This short loop video shows how cable waste is transformed into jewelry. The first step is hand weaving, followed by melting and cutting techniques.  
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Marble pattern Throughout my research I developed different patterns. This pattern looks like marble and gives the Edelplast material a more precious look.
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We live in a fast lane consumer society where everyone buys gadgets, digital and technological stuff at a high speed rate. We desire the latest and newest gadgets and throw out the “outdated” ones. Cables are hard to recycle on an industrial level and therefor hardly recycled. Only the metals from within the cables are being reused. So, for my project, I focused on reinventing the plastic tubes from discarded cables.
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Creating patterns An image of the pattern making process.
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EDELPLAST swatch The flat surface of EDELPLAST material was used to create the necklace you see below.  
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