Wednesday, September 9, 2009

How's THIS for recycling???





These are African wire baskets constructed out of telephone cable wires. Beautiful, huh? And they are heavy too. Remember making jewelry out of telephone wire back in the late 60's, early 70's? Well, I DO!! My jewelry wasn't nearly so spectacular but it sure was fun to do.

There are plenty of sites that sell these baskets. Here's one that shows the basket being worked...http://www.zanzibartribalart.com/zulutelephonewirebaskets.htm FANTASTIC!!

There's another type of basket weaving that uses "found objects". In this case pine needles are used. But not just any ol' pine needles...pine needles from trees with extra long needles, like the ones we have down here. My husband & I got one of these baskets for a wedding gift so many years ago. I'll have to snap a picture of it. Until then, here's a site that sells these pine needle baskets...http://www.oneworldprojects.com/products/pineneedle.shtml

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