Introduction: Upcycling Crown Caps - Making a Handbag
So finally I made it. I have been a member of Instructables since some years ago I had visited this awesome website. Now I thought it is time to show up what I make. About me: I am studiing Architecture in Dresden Germany. I hope you will excuse all mistakes made in my text, according to my improvable English.
I am not shure, if I am able to upload a step-by-step because I have not documented the process. But I can write something about it.
Everybody knows crown caps. At the latest since you drink your first beer. Now normally, you just throw them into a bin, because they are part of the wrapping, so what else to do with it. When I was younger, I collected crown caps. I had a lot of different ones, all colored and for me at this time somehow valuable and unique. I stopped collecting since I owned my first coins. It returned somehow, when a new drink named Bionade came up, that I started collecting again. Due to the effect that Bionade is refreshing, the crown caps have a unique design. But, still the question what to do with it. I came up with the idea, to build a purse made out of crown caps for my girlfriend. Well, love failed and I never finished the project, so the handhold is still missing, but it can be also used without it. Anyway, there have been people before me, who built purses made out of crown caps. I did not like them. They were often just made to say: "Hey, I am made out of crown caps!", but that wasn't cool enough for me. If you want to create something you always have to think about design. The crown caps needed to be embed into a context, like a good painting needs a picture frame. The Bionade crown caps I worked with reminded me of what we would call 70'ies design culture. Pop! So I tried to put the crown caps into this context. I used flexible steel wire, Bionade crown caps, two halfs of a hollow metal ball. For the Inside I used black Ultrasuede. If you need or want more informations, just contact me and I will help you building your own bag.
I hope you like it. It should be also presenting a way of lifestyle. Sustainable Design, Recycling or Upcycling are terms and definitions we have to face more and more, if we want to create and hold on to the wishes and hopes of a well future for our beloved kids on our beautiful planet earth.
There's always a first time;-)
Thank you very much!