kelping (verb): all sorts of experiments done with kelp. 

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surface treatment.

Methods of treating the surface to prevent rapid hydration. Agar, Cellulose and Beeswax all are effective to varying degrees.

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lasercutting kelp.

Initial testing to be refined further.

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wash-away tableware.

Kelp tableware that can be returned to the sea. Initial tests:

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rehydrating.

A key characteristic of kelp is its ability to rehydrate almost completely from a dry state. This trait is driven by the natural environment where it grows, where waves, sun and tide are constantly drying and then wetting the kelp blades.

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slip casting.

Forming kelp with a process inspired by traditional slip casting methods. Some success in creating rudimental bowl forms.

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laminating.

Laminating kelp using methods similar to the lamination of ply-wood.

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drying in the elements.

Sand-cast kelp pulp placed on a cliff edge to dry slowly in the wind, salt and sun.

Of the two different mixtures the raw kelp completely degraded and the kelp-agar mix bonded with sand to form a loose cilidrical form.

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degradable cups.

Initial tests on creating a fully degradable alternative to plastics.

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kelp forms.

Experiments with methods of drying and blending.

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material mix.

Testing kelp, agar and other materials.

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