So here it is, a little delayed. How to cook your own wallet. A recipe in parts, a process of creation that took a huge holiday right in the middle.
We're presently documenting our process at the moment, it's like tracing back events through history to identify the butterfly that caused the hurricane. However, to give you the heavily abridged version.
Jay and Chris and Mendel play with Bioplastic at an Open Design Maker Event @ Betahaus which also produced http://blog.makezine.com/archive/2010/02/you_can_lazzzer_biodegradable_plast.html, and http://vimeo.com/9290664 and ultimately the DMY Maker Lab (link to follow) and www.opendesigncity.de (it's amazing what you can make with a bit of concentrated chaotic energy, passion and a good time).
Chris produces some lovely sheet using the following recipe.
7 Cups Water (in this instance it's a cheap disposable plastic cup)
1 Cup 10% Acidity Vinegar
1.5 Cups Starch
1/2 Cup Glycerine
1 Sachet Gelatine
Heat in a saucepan, stirring until whole mix has turned into a gunky mess.
Pour onto a smooth surface and spread out.
It's sticky so he rubs starch into the material
Note: For this process we didn't do the following, however we find that it does help.
Rub starch into the smooth surface before pouring - makes removal easier.
Material sits doing nothing for months, except being handled and touched and haptically admired.
Jay and Chris help found and move into Open Design City
Whilst Chris makes a mold for a bioplastic laptop bag, Jay begins trying to sew a bioplastic cushion in the shape of a man. It doesn't work.
Jay wonders what to do with waste material. Chris show's him how to sew properly.
Jay draws around credit card, marking out 3 sections (one slightly smaller than the others due to lack of material. (see pic)
Then folds material and sews lines. For a course on Sewing visit here. Of course our process was somewhat different along the lines of - put the foot down, put the material in, see what happens. But we all learn differently I guess.
Pattern should be clear from picture below.
Wallet is now finished.
Oh shit it's on Boing Boing
For those of you who would like to learn from our chaos, please drop into Open Design City, this Thursday at 7.00