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From Beach to Bowl: Designer Crafts Objects From Sand

All photos courtesy <a href="http://jonmct.com">Jon McTaggart</a>
All photos courtesy Jon McTaggart

When picnicking at the beach, no one wants sand in their food—except maybe designer Jon McTaggart, who transforms sand itself into bowls and other abstract designs. Using a computer-controlled robotic arm, McTaggart injects glue-like resin into a bucket of sand, fusing the particles layer by layer into a solid object. Finer grains produce smoother textures and coarse sand—small rocks and all—can be glued by the process. Each piece takes only three minutes to makebut must dry before being revealed. These objects are more experimental than functional; McTaggart believes this technology may have more application in the food industry itself.


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