We did Precious Plastics for One-Day and we made earphone winders. Along the way, we had some bumps but we found ways to get past that and achieve what we wanted.
Firstly, if you read my first blog post about this topic, we were thinking of making one earphone winder circular and the other squared. However, we couldn’t find a mold that was the right size. It was either too big or too small. We then found a mold of a hexagon that was approximately the right size.
We first melted one of our tops of the earphone winder and I’m pretty sure we kinda burnt it a bit because when it came out, it was a little brown. On top of that, when it cooled and we tried to get it out of the mold, it took a while to take it out. We tried various tools but we kept trying and finally got it out.
We also modified the centerpiece of plastic holding everything together because we didn’t really want to file it down that small. it would be too time-consuming. We also didn’t want to laser cut it because there was only one teacher who knew how to operate the laser cutter and she was not around most of the time. So we just used tiny cupcake molds to make the middle piece.
After making all the pieces, we used a file to make everything smooth. It took some time but finally, we got it where we want it to be. Assembling the pieces together was pretty easy. we just hot glued everything together. This is how we made our final product: two earphone winders.
Overall, this experience was really good. It increased my skill around making things and using the design process to make things better. Also, this was all for a good cause. It decreases the amount of plastic thrown out into the ocean and breaks down into microplastics that animals eat and when we eat the animal, we also ingest the plastic. It turned waste into something we could use. This way, we are able to use the plastic for longer before it degrades.
I did this project with Stephanie L. Go check out her blog post about this project here.