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Upcycling remains of weapons while partnering with fair-wage cooperatives.Three meters of land, contaminated with UXOs,will be cleared.
Upcycling remains of weapons while partnering with fair-wage cooperatives.Three meters of land, contaminated with UXOs,will be cleared.
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My name is Forrest Curran and I'm about to launch my first collection of jewelry created from upcycled weapons. It's the culmination of working back and forth with organizations and amazing people over the internet which finally lead to me to Laos and Cambodia to finish the sample product.

With the help of CMAG Cambodia, MAG Laos, Mr. Sepay, Mr. Thisaof, and Thravistava, we hope to play our part in solving one of the world`s most unknown problem....Cambodia and Laos remain the most bombed areas in the history of mankind.

Bomb Shells and A Basket full of Bullet Casings
Bomb Shells and A Basket full of Bullet Casings

 We decided to upcycle weapons used in conflicts, from 1965-1973, that have harmed so many to a symbolic message of turning something that reflects pain into something good, by adapting the jewelry pieces with a beneficial message for all those involved. With the help of government funded organizations, we upcycled and redesigned the weapons from small bullets to larger UXO bomb shells into jewelry. Check out the functionality diagram below for more details.

 The remains of bombshells, bullets, and waste from wars are dispersed in the lands of Cambodia and Laos today. The two stands as one of the most heavily bombed countries of man-kind, yet it is the youth to pay a heavy price, as it is often the children who are killed or injured by the bombs that have failed to detonate.

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18 x 24 Poster numbered and with a message from me.
18 x 24 Poster numbered and with a message from me.
8mm Onyx (Natural) Bracelet with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable
8mm Onyx (Natural) Bracelet with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable
8mm Blue Aventurine Bracelet (Natural) with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable
8mm Blue Aventurine Bracelet (Natural) with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable
8mm Tigereye (Natural) Bracelet with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable
8mm Tigereye (Natural) Bracelet with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable
8mm Amethyst (Natural) Bracelet with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable
8mm Amethyst (Natural) Bracelet with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable
“What We Think, We Become” Bangel Bracelet Upcycled from a UXO bomb in Laos
“What We Think, We Become” Bangel Bracelet Upcycled from a UXO bomb in Laos
“Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken, Oscar Wilde” Bangel Bracelet Upcycled from a UXO bomb in Laos
“Be Yourself; Everyone Else is Already Taken, Oscar Wilde” Bangel Bracelet Upcycled from a UXO bomb in Laos
“The Enemy is a Very Good Teacher.” Bangel Bracelet Upcycled from a UXO bomb in Laos
“The Enemy is a Very Good Teacher.” Bangel Bracelet Upcycled from a UXO bomb in Laos
“Pain Is certain, Suffering is Optional” Bangel Bracelet Upcycled from a UXO bomb in Laos
“Pain Is certain, Suffering is Optional” Bangel Bracelet Upcycled from a UXO bomb in Laos

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Risks and challenges

Given our progress, we see only a few potential risks:

PBP has spent a great deal of time preparing for every foreseeable challenge. This includes working with our manufacturer to develop and thoroughly test the product to ensure its quality and consistency, and with a range of operational partners to work through detailed logistics and order fulfillment.

Order Delay: We have mitigated our risk of delay by keeping our manufacturer and other partners informed of our timeline, and we have been assured of readiness for our timing. We have also added an extra cushion to ensure timely fulfillment and delivery.

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    8mm Onyx (Natural) Bracelet with piece upcycled from bullets and bombshells in Cambodia //size adjustable

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    Your choice of any three bracelets.We'll follow-up with you on your choice of style for each.

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    Purple Buddha Project - the Collection. One bracelet from each from our current collection.

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    BE A DESIGNER! Design a Laos Bangel Bracelet for the 2014-2015 Purple Buddha Project collection with President/Founder Forrest Curran. In addition to receiving the bracelet you designed, you will also receive one bracelet of each from our current collection.

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