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Upcycle Orange Farm project -day to day

After our initial introduction, meeting  and arranging of the space to start training at we invited a group of 20 candidates to partake in our exciting training course.

tyres for chairs

 We arrive at the recycling center in orange farm and have a look around and establish what we have to work with and where we will set up our training. Our first challenge is going to be tables and chairs for the candidates to work at. This recycling center is pretty organized and has a lot of random stuff that they cannot recycle as often as the standard plastics and paper. Some stuff has to hang around a while longer or until someone finds a value in the products. As this was the case with some of the tires lying around we decided that our first training day would start with the community making the chairs they would be using in the following months. 

Right, all we need now is some rope for the top of the chairs but this is not that easy to come by, so we need plan B. After chatting to friends and colleagues in the upcycling industry my awesome friend, Bianca, offer us some billboard banner strapping!! Strong, sturdy and will do the job!

billboard strapping

I borrow a drill from my husband, get whatever rope I can find and we ready to start!

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 We first need some basic instructions. 

Safety

What materials we are using.

How to change a drill bit, types of bits, and basic drill use and safety.

Recycling tips and tricks with rubber.

A bit about the strapping we using for the top of the seat.

Why we dont use metal to bolt the tiers together.

Okay now for the fun part!

 

 

 

 The first step is to drill the holes in the tiers so you can strap them together with rope to keep them all together. After I gave everyone a basic drill handling run down it was hard to contain the girls in this group!! They were first of all quite shocked and surprised that they were going to even be allowed near one and then super excited and did not let the men in the group near the drill! They had the power! It was great to see that they were not scared and were happy to try something that was scary and intimidating to them!! Girl power!

 girl powergirls drilling

The next step was to rope the three layers of tiers together so they were firm and could be moved around when needed. This takes quite a bit of strength and a trick or two to get the thick rope through the little hole created by the drill.

 rope togetherroping together

Once we have secured the tiers together we start with the strapping on the top to create the seat part. At one point all I could see was arms and legs and was not sure if they were going to end up tied to the chair but it all worked out just perfectly!

strappinghands feet

When the strapping is done and secured its time to try out our new product! Gladys wanted to be the judge and jury on this lot and tried out all the chairs one by one! Prudence decided that she needed purple strapping to stand out from the rest. Purple Prudance is now her nick name.

first testprudance purple

And there you have it, our first group of proud owners of Upcycled tier chairs. Training next Tuesday will be more comfortable an less tiresome! 

proud owners

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