DIY: How to make an enchanting terrarium necklace to keep or give as a gift

December 17, 2019 by  
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Highlight life, nature, plants and the planet all in a tiny, encapsulated terrarium. Even better, turn it into a necklace for a unique piece of jewelry that is sure to be a conversation-starter. Since natural gifts are always en vogue, consider making extras for co-workers and family. This fast and easy nature craft is also fun to make with kids. Supplies: 1 glass vial with a cork — you can select the size of your choice, but don’t make it too bulky or so tiny that it is difficult to fill. Make sure it has a hook at the top for the chain, or get a small eye-hook to screw into the cork . 1 necklace chain — keep preferred length in mind Sand or fine gravel Soil Tiny succulents Tweezers Clothespin (optional) Instructions: 1. Create support Depending on your vial, it might need support. You can use a clothespin if your vial is unable to stand up straight. Simply open the clothespin, lower the vial into place and release the clothespin around the vial. Because the bottle is small and light, the clothespin will keep it from tipping over while you work. Related: How to make your own green terrarium to keep or give away for the holidays 2. Layer Once things are secure, begin layering materials into the vial. You can do this using a toothpick, tweezers or a skewer. You can also partially roll a small piece of paper to create a tube to pour materials in. Start with your sand or fine gravel . Depending on the size of your vial or miniature glass bottle, it might take ¼ teaspoon or so. This will help with air flow and drainage. Next, add soil; any enriched soil will work. Don’t worry about these materials collecting on the sides of the glass at this point. You can clean it up to make it pretty in a later step. 3. Add creativity Part of the fun of this process is being creative with your art. Play with different living plants to create the look you want. Moss can be your centerpiece, or you can add small pieces of succulents as a focal point. Just make sure your vessel offers enough space for any greenery you add. If you choose to add succulents, select baby shoots from the base of the plant or even those that have fallen off the plant. Then, allow the stem to dry out for several days before planting it in the terrarium . This keeps it from bringing too much moisture into the terrarium. Although the vessel is small, it still needs to remain balanced for the plant to survive, meaning it shouldn’t be too wet or too dry. If you find your terrarium misting up on the sides, release the cork to let some of the moisture out. 4. Attach chain Now, attach your necklace chain to your hook. Depending on the materials you selected, this can be done by simply sliding the chain through the eye of the hook or by using a small circle to attach the eye-hook to the chain using jewelry pliers or tweezers to pinch it closed. Make sure the chain is securely attached. Test your necklace for your desired length. 5. Cork it Add a drop of water to your terrarium. If this doesn’t clean up any debris that may have collected on the sides during layering, use a damp cotton swab to wipe the sides. Use tweezers to rearrange items as desired. Look at your terrarium from all angles to ensure things are just the way you want them. Then, insert your cork into the vial, and make sure it is firmly in place. 6. Care Your plant can survive in your terrarium for a long time with proper care. Add a tiny amount of water to your terrarium every few days as needed, and be sure to avoid leaving it in direct sunlight, which can dry out your plants. If it does dry out or die, you can easily replace the living plant with another without needing to replace the other materials. Speaking of materials, you will likely have enough to make several terrarium necklaces . Consider introducing the idea to a science classroom, a senior center or as a follow-up for a field trip. Images via Inhabitat

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World’s largest 3D-printed building opens in Dubai after 2 weeks of construction

December 17, 2019 by  
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Quickly gaining popularity as an affordable and sustainable way to build, 3D printing is becoming a go-to construction choice for architects around the world. In fact, one Boston-based company, Apis Cor , well-known for its 3D-printed architecture, has just completed construction on the world’s largest 3D printed building. Located in Dubai, the 6,998-square-foot building was completed in just two weeks. Working under its motto, “we print buildings,” Apis Cor has become a prominent leader in the world of 3D-printed architecture. From a tiny home in Moscow to affordable housing developments in California and Louisiana, its state-of-the-art techniques have been used for various types of projects. Related: New 3D house printer cranks out 1,000 square feet a day Although the company is accustomed to building in various parts of the world, Dubai ‘s harsh conditions put its standard methods of printing to the test. Dubai is known for its severe climate, in which the temperatures rise and drop suddenly. As such, the materials used in the printing process for this particular building had to be able to withstand extreme heat and cold . “The Dubai climate is very harsh — temperature and humidity change significantly even within a day,” said Nikita Cheniuntai, founder and CEO of Apis Cor. “The material has to behave the same way all the time, despite the changing environmental conditions.” Working on such a large project presented additional challenges. The construction site spanned approximately 7,000 square feet, which, under normal building circumstances, would require assembly of ample scaffolding. However, because the company’s custom, car-sized 3D printer is mobile, the building was constructed directly onsite faster and more efficiently than a traditional construction project. Along with three workers and a single construction crane, the machine printed out the structure section by section using Apis Cor’s gypsum-based mixture. Later, traditional constructions methods were used to install the windows and roof, and rebar supports were added to reinforce the walls. The resulting building, which will house administrative offices for the Dubai Municipality, has a white facade that reflects the sun rays. The concrete and gypsum printing materials created by Apis Cor also provide the building with a naturally insulated envelope, keeping the interior at a pleasant temperature year-round. + Apis Cor Via Dwell Images via Apis Cor

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It’s Time to Pick Sides in the US-China Solar Trade Wars

January 9, 2012 by  
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Should we worry about Chinese government subsidies to its solar industry? Or send the Chinese a thank-you note?

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How to Become a Social Intrapreneur

January 9, 2012 by  
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A new class from the University of Michigan's Stephen M. Ross School of Business aims to give workers the tools they need to tackle one of the largest challenges in corporate sustainability: Working from within a company to move the needle on social and environmental impacts.

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Seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects

September 26, 2011 by  
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Shallu Sharma: DIY recycled jewelry Seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects We all love to wear jewelry but jewelry bought from stores can leave many hazardous impacts on our mother nature. Materials used to produce ornaments might pose various environmental threats and can leave carbon footprints. Moreover, shipping these ornaments all over the world consumes lots of fuel thereby consuming leftover scarce resources and creating pollution in return. But then what is the solution, because women look incomplete without jewelry, especially in the countries where traditions and culture hold high values. The best way to solve this problem is by creating simple and cute DIY (Do It Yourself) jewelry by using wastes from landfills. Given below is the list showing seven simple DIY recycled jewelry projects. 1. Paper bangles Paper Bangles DIY recycled jewelry Bangles form a very important part of jewelry and we can use paper bangles to replace metal bangles or glass bangles. They are very simple and easy to create. They are a hit among people especially school and college going girls who get to remain trendy wearing these bangles spending no amount of money. First of all, you need a hard but flexible card stock or chipboard. Cut a strip from this cardboard. Mask the entire strip using tape. You can use colorful tape to make it look fancy. Stick the tape tightly and let it dry. You can cut nice wordings from magazines or newspapers and stick it on bangle with the help of glue. You can also paint it to give it a stylish look. Various arts like collage or painting etc. could be performed on this simple piece of bangle. Diamond glaze or golden gloss medium could be used for giving finishing touch. 2. Crochet lace necklace Crochet Lace Necklace DIY recycled jewelry An elegant and beautiful looking necklace can be made at home following a simple method given by Karen Lee. You just need to have certain things like lace, necklace chain, pliers, plastic tray etc. that are easily found in any household. The process is very simple. Cut any ornament pattern that you would like to have in your necklace from lace pile using small pointed scissors. Soak this lace pattern in some good quality stiffening solution to make it hard. Squeeze out excess of solution and lay it on some flat plastic surface and take out excess of glue from every corner of lace piece. Dry it properly and iron it to give it a nice look. Cut the extra unwanted edges with sharp pointed scissors. You can now attach chains on both the sides or you can even use beads to decorate this necklace. 3. New look to old earrings New fancy look to old earrings DIY recycled jewelry Fashion keeps changing and jewelry gets outdated after few months. But now this jewelry won’t go waste if we use the following technique to recycle it. We just need pretty paper, glue and old earrings. Process is quite simple. Position your earring on the paper that you desire to use and cut it in the exact shape by first tracing the outline and then using the sharp scissors. Apply glue over the paper cutting and stick it to the old earring. Press it hard to stick it properly. You can make glitter designs on these earrings or use multi colored paper to make them decorative and attractive. 4. Spoon pendant Spoon Pendant DIY recycled jewelry A very unique and attractive pendant could be made using spoon. You just need to have a spoon, forceps, glittery glue, paper napkins and a chain. To start with the process, take a spoon and bend it back and forth till it breaks. Use forceps to bend the tail like a hook chain. Put the chain in it and decorate the spoon face with decorative painting or glitters. The gorgeous spoon pendant is ready to be worn. 5. Wired rings Wired ring DIY recycled jewelry Cute fancy rings could be made at home using simple things like a piece of electrical wire, wire cutter, pliers and a ring mandrel. The process is very simple. Cut a piece of wire almost 19 inches by removing its outer plastic coating. Twist one end of the wire in form of a hook and start curling up the wire against the mandrel. Wrap the ring tight and give it at least three turns. Take the ring off from mandrel and wrap the left piece over the top of the ring. Try to wrap the ring over the starting hook to keep the grip tight. Once the hook is covered, tie off the end of the wire and then pull it tight to make the ring strong. Cut the left over wire and your wire ring is ready to use. Different colored wires could be used to make rings in preferred colors. 6. Upcycled poppy necklace Upcycled Poppy Necklace DIY recycled jewelry A beautiful necklace could be made using poppies, earrings, hair bands etc. You just need to have a clip, three or more poppies of your choice, silk rose, chain, ribbon needle and thread. Take ribbon cutting for tabs and a long piece of chain. Pin poppies to cluster these designs and stitch them from back side. Cluster them to form a big design and pin a rose in the center to decorate it. Attach hook type shapes made up of ribbon on both sides of the design and attach chain to it on both the sides. Hook them up with the chain and attach ribbon to increase the length of the chain on both the sides. Your elegant party wear necklace is ready. 7. Jersey bracelet Jersey Bracelet DIY recycled jewelry Very comfortable and elegant bracelets could be made using soft jersey fabric. You just need to have three strips of soft jersey fabric. Fold these strips around your fingers. Wrap them around your four fingers in undulating manner. When a cluster is formed take them out carefully. A knot type of a cloth chain is formed when you take it out from your fingers. Slip the extra tail into both the loops to give it a bracelet like shape. Pull it tight so that it doesn’t loosen up. Tie knot to the bracelet and cut the extra cloth. Your washable bracelet is ready to use.

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Stuffed? "Kind" Recipes for Thanksgiving Any Day

November 26, 2009 by  
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Though Tofurkey isn’t my idea of a Thanksgiving meal, I understand why it’s a great alternative to the bird. I’m just as happy with all the sides. It’s an appropriate day to speak about a kind foods vs

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