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Thursday, 14 October 2010

dinosaur eggs or latex bowls

Recently at 100% Design London 2010, I saw a great project called Ten-Plan where 10 designers had created 10 environmentally sustainable designs and generously allowed access to the plans for free. These bowls were one of my favourites they are by a very interesting designer Gitta Gschwendtner. Visit Ten-Plan to download the plans to make a set of bowls for yourself. They are made from natural latex, latex baloons, pigment and sawdust, that's it - so they are completely biodegradable.

Tips I'd give for a successful project would be to ensure that the latex/sawdust mix is laid on thick enough to hold the structure of the bowl (i spread it on with a knife quite thick, however you could also do a couple of layers to really hold the shape).

I find them just so exotic and beautiful, I just can't stop admiring them. They remind me of dinosaur eggs or like the thunder eggs we used to go digging for when I was a child.


  1. Hi ! I have been wanting to try these bowls, and am so glad someone else has had success ! I have a few questions tho :
    1) Did you just use regular rubber latex ? I bought a 16oz jar of Amaco ( american art clay) from the craft store. It's a little pricey, and wonder how many bowls it will make ?

    2) Approx. how long did they take to cure ?

    3) once the bowls have cured, did you just pop the balloon and then trim it to the edge of the bowl ?

    what did you use to dye it black ?

    Many thanks !

  2. Hi Tiffany,
    I just used the real rubber latex, it's not that expensive. I probably used about half a litre and made about 8 bowls. They took a day to properly cure. Once cured, just pop balloon and trim to edge. I bought a latex pigment to dye it, it was a dark green, but looked awful until it had dried, because the latex is white until it dries, then i goes a kind of clear orange colour, the pigment then shows how it is supposed to look, not so bright as it appears when the latex is still white. hope this makes sense...
    good luck!

  3. Ten-Plan is no longer a working site. Does anyone have the plans they can post or do you know where else I can find them? Thank you, Nancy

  4. Hi Nancy, I have a couple of plans that I downloaded that i could email me at brenna at crinson dot com if you wish...


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