A little old lady passed away. We were cleaning out her apartment and I found this old basket news paper collector in the hallway. Probably it was supposed to be thrown away since there was no way it could function as anything practical as it was.
Since I was curious about how to weave baskets I decided to give it a try. To give it a recycled theme I had to find a medium to recycle - I thought of plastic bags and those plastic straps you can find around cardboard boxes. In the end, I settled for cables just because I had some speaker wire lying around. Speaker cable is a cable with 2 thinner wires joined together, they are easy to separate and they are thin enough to weave.
To find speaker cable I hunted around in dumpsters near my office and at friend's houses, in the end I had collected a lot but no where near enough for the whole basket. It takes many many metres of wire to weave a basket, much more than I was aware of. So I did cheat a bit and bought some extra cable.
To cut a long story short, it was much harder than I thought to weave, I unraveled it all at least 3 times, but now that I have learned, weaving will be a piece of cake in future.
Below is a photo gallery of the Musical Collector before and after renovation
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Linnea & Caroline
2 foreigners in Israel trying to find their space. Up-cycling furniture and clothes for a better environment and future.
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