Artisans and The Base Project staff collaborate on bracelet designs, which are inspired by local culture and customs.
Artisans search for water pipes, which are found anywhere from landfills and garbage cans to the side of the road. These are upcycled into bracelets. (Pictured here is a photo of co-founder Chris looking for water pipes.)
Artisans cut pipes vertically to size based on wooden templates (not horizontally into circles like you might think).
Artisans use knives to carve designs into the pieces of pipe. These carvings are only about one millimeter deep.
Artisans sand and finish the edges and back of each bracelet. The back of each bracelet has a message: "Hand carved by local artisans in Namibia, Africa using upcycled materials. See your impact in their local community."
Artisans use low heat to mold each carving into a bracelet. The bracelets are then packed and shipped.