A good piece of jewelry can enhance a wearerâs personality to a great extent. Gold pieces manage to fetch a lot of attention and, if crafted precisely, look elegant. But, how about using discarded plastic bottles to craft dainty ornaments? Florie Salnot has joined hands with Sandblast and has tried to come up pieces that reflect beautiful art forms by Saharwis of Algeria. She has studied from the Royal College of Art and has tried to bring into light their culture. Sustainable imitation gold jewelry has been crafted from recycled bottles, which have been gathered from refugee camps.
Florie Salnot is from Paris, France and is a product designer by profession. She holds a post-graduate degree in Design Products from the Royal College of Arts situated in London. Sandblast has a special connection with Saharawis of Algeria and Florie decided to work with them. Her artful pieces will raise cultural awareness and also her creative side.
Florie Salnotâs biggest source of inspiration was her interest to come up stuff that reflected local traditions. She has helped people from refugee camps to show their talent, which will be further appreciated by many.
The green factor:
The collection comes wrapped with eco-friendly qualities and has made good use of salvaged plastic bottles. Dull bottles have been swapped into striking pieces of gold jewelry. This work of art will not only make you look good but also protect the environment from deterioration. The methods and tools used are also green in nature.
The fab factor:
Normally, waste is tagged as dirty but making it lovable is Florie Salno with pieces of art by Saharan Refugees. What looks like jewelry crafted from the precious yellow metal in reality is thrown away plastic bottles. For this, Florie collaborated with Sandblast, who are based in London and work with the Saharawis of Algeria. This is a great attempt to pump a few breaths of hope in their dying culture, which is very expressive. The non-polluting materials exploited during production are paint, nail board and hot sand.
The production of such artwork doesnât cost much or waste a lot of energy. To bring such eye-appealing ornaments to life plastic bottles are painted in a desired hue. These are then cut into strips, which are thin as well as long. After this, they are weaved around nails. These nails are arranged in a meticulous manner and further hammered, which turns them into a wooden board. The plastic wrapped around the nail board contracts when placed in hot sand. After detaching the strips, complex designs are extracted which look dainty and eye-appealing.