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Reusing Circuits and Old Computer Components

As technology advances, and new electronics/computers arise, we are left to wonder, what else can these very specific parts be used for? Things like the circuits behind cell phones, and keyboards, or even an old mouse. Circuit components like relays and resistors (the colorful electronic stuff that comes up off the green surface) can be cut off and reused as well.

Here some people have found very creative and interesting ways to reuse these materials! But before you go delving into a circuit board, just a word to the wise: Please wear gloves (for lead purposes) and you may want to invest in a pair of electrical needle nosed wire cutters (home improvement store) for cutting off components from a circuit board that will be flush (cut right down to the green surface without leaving sharp points). Other than that, let’s have a ball!

 

 

Component Bugs

make small bugs out of circuit relays/ resistors/ etc!

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or how about a wallet made from a keyboard circuit!

August 2013 Board Meeting

August 13, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Harley, Rebecca, Angela, Katy, Cindy, Leslie

Summer Yard Sale

Our Summer Yard Sale in July was a complete succuess! We had 175 visitors and raised over $1,000 for Austin Creative Reuse. Even more importantly for Rebecca, we were able to clear out a bunch of material in her garage.

Austin Creative Reuse Summer Yard Sale

Austin Creative Reuse Summer Yard Sale

ReuseConex is coming to Austin in 2014!

We’re really excited to announce that  ReuseConex, the International Reuse Conference & Expo, will be coming to Austin in 2014! Austin Creative Reuse is serving on the Hosting Committee, helping with planning and promotion.

August Craft Meetup Canceled

The first day of school is the same night as our Craft Night, so we’ve canceled it for August. We will resume in September!

Tentative Upcoming Dates

Sept. 23 – Educators Material Drive + Craft Meetup – Location TBD
Oct. 13 – Tentative date for Educators Material Drive

Fabric Trunk Show and Sale Event at Fabricker

Calling all creative’s! This event is a showdown between silk and suede/ wool and white linen. It’s something you won’t want to miss. Are you a textiles crafter looking to bump up your project with beautiful fabrics? You might be an avid fashion up-cycler looking for that perfect pattern or bold colors to incorporate. Whatever your craft, this event will inspire.

Not a crafter? No problem! We’ve got you covered with a few great ideas for these awesome fabric pieces below.

Where: Fabricker  (4631 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX, 78751, United States)

When: August 24, 2013 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

$$ to go: Free

more information  (directions)

Velvets

We all remember having to cover our textbooks back when we were in school, right! Instead of using that used paper bag from the grocery store, make a prettier, fabric remnant version that all of your friends will rave about.

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Now that we have books covered… which page was I on?

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Fabric Bookmarks for all of your favorite stories!

Nothing says “Party!” like beautiful decorations, flag banners like this one are easy to cut out and look amazing for almost any celebration!

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How to Create Reused Crayon Paintings

Ever wonder what to do with those stubby, too short crayons with all of the color spots from other colored crayons as they roll around in the box? WHow to create Reused Crayon Paintingsell, you can Recycle them into Art!

In the same way that Artists like Vincent Van Gogh painted with heavy “chunks” of color. You can too with crayon remnants! By removing the paper on the crayon (If there is any still left!) and using a scrap or sand paper, color/shade on the sides to remove color spots from other crayon colors.

You are left with an array of beautiful colors with which to build a “Crayon Painting” with. What a great way to explain mosaics, the color wheel or to show how Artists mix and use color while using those old remnants of crayon you were about to get rid of! You can see the full photo tutorial to the right.

Van Gogh’s ” Starry Night” Painting replicated by Reused Crayons! ( reference website )

 

UPCYCLING

Upcycling is a process of using waste materials and useless products to create something useful and have better value in the environment. The upcycling concept was the title of the German book written by Gunter Pauli in 1997. It actively prevents potential waste generated on a daily basis. Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, which is the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material.

At http://www.upcyclista.org/ breaking rules and thinking different is the motto. Upcyclista celebrates art, artists, designers and ideas out of the box. Upcyclista is a project run by ClearWorld Media, based out of Beijing, China. ClearWorld Media is a not-for-loss social media enterprise with a mission to inspire the world to transition to a sustainable, more equitable and fun place to live. They strive to create a better world and encourage people to upcycle, hence help in reducing the carbon footprints and lessening waste that goes into landfills. Check out their website for some of the most innovative ideas from artists and giving temporary things a permanent life.

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Artist Spotlight: Dish It Out!

 

Uh Oh.

There goes your absolute favorite, timeless, one-of-a-kind ceramic dish that has been passed down in your family for ages. What can you do with it now that it can no longer serve it’s function as a dish, but you love it so and still wish to keep it for sentimental reasons? Why not take a page from jewelry artist, Holli Brown’s book?

 

Based in Austin, Texas, “Holli Brown is inspired by old and forgotten ceramic items; anything that has faded or broken.
Everything she makes in the studio incorporates vintage, found, or re-purposed ceramicware. DISHES!

Example of Holli Brown's beautiful work!

Example of Holli Brown’s beautiful work!

 

She loves re-purposing things that have outlived their first purposes. She hopes that her work will be loved by people who imagine the adventures all these plates, vases, cups and bowls had before they reached their hands and that they might take them on some of their own adventures! Holli hand cuts and sands each necklace. Creating a very soft and smooth edge.

 

Holli hopes that the pieces feel like they have a personal history, secrets and stories from the time before they became yours.” ( Holli Brown: Dish It Out website )

More examples of Holli's jewelry at Creatures Boutique in Austin, TX.

More examples of Holli’s jewelry at Creatures Boutique in Austin, TX.

 

   How Creative and Beautiful! with one plate she can create multiple pieces of jewelry that have a style all their own, no one piece can be exactly alike!


This picture was taken in Downtown Austin, TX where Holli sells some of her art at Creatures Boutique .


 

 

 

 

Yard Dog

Yard Dog Art, located in Austin is a store with upcycled and sculptures made with reuse materials. – The husband and wife team combine wire, vintage ceiling tin, watch parts, vintage fabrics, and architectural salvage to create their unique sculptures.  They also feature works from various artists who follow similar lines of creating magic from materials that can be reused.  Yard Dog is also known for its contemporary , fine, funky and pop art, they feature various pieces from artists like Eddie Arning, Deborah Baker, Lisa Brawn etc.  They are open from Mon-Fri 11-5, Sat 11-6, Sun noon – 5 and are located at 1510 S. Congress. For more information about their gallery exhibits visit their website at www.yarddog.com.

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Summer Yard Sale was a Success!

Our Summer Yard Sale on July 13th was a major success! We had 175 visitors and raised over $1,000 for Austin Creative Reuse. Even more importantly for Rebecca, we were able to clear out a bunch of material in her garage.

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July 2013 Board Meeting

July 9, 2013 at 7pm
Directors Present: Rebecca, Harley, Angela, Kaci, Katy, Cindy

East Austin Studio Tour – Coordinator Volunteer Needed

EAST is just around the corner and we’d love to participate this year! We need a coordinator (that’s you!) to plan and organize our craft and volunteers. Think you might be interested? Get more information at info@austincreativereuse.org.

Upcoming Events

July 13 – Summer Yard Sale
August 24 – Fabric Sale at Fabriker
October (TBD) – Educators Material Drive

 

Austin Upcycle Challenge Recap

On June 15th, we partnered with Goodwill Austin,  Austin Zero Waste Alliance and Re-Sourcery.org to challenge the Austin community to make something creative out of Goodwill’s “end of the line” items.

It was a great event!