Copper, to make the pins of the electric plug, the cord, and internal wires. A toaster. After some research I have determined that I will need the following materials to make a toaster. The essential premise behind Thomas Thwaites' The Toaster Project is that in this modern world of ours, we take a lot for granted. Rather than spilling more ink about this global phenomenon, Royal College of Art student Thomas Thwaites (MA Design Interactions) has turned to a demonstration, in the form of a toaster. Thwaites studied economics and biology at University College London and in 2009 gained an MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art. He describes himself as "a designer (of a more speculative sort), interested in technology, science, futures research & etc." The Toaster Project, Thomas Thwaites Mixed media. I’m interested in how these interact to shape our present and possible futures. I imagine scenarios, design products and undertake projects that aim to amplify ambiguities in technological and social change. Economics, science, technology and culture... trends, fictions and beliefs. London art student Thomas Thwaites decided to try to build a toaster from scratch. I'm Thomas Thwaites and I'm trying to build a toaster, from scratch - beginning by mining the raw materials and ending with a product that Argos sells for only £3.99. By the way, he did plug it in once. Sparks flew, it overheated, and it burned out in about five seconds. Thomas Thwaites is a British designer and writer. Like toasters, for instance. RAZ: Thomas Thwaites - you should really see his toaster and his talk at ted.com. And by "from scratch", I mean going all the way back to the raw materials from the earth. Nine months and $2,000 later, he had a semi-effective bread warmer. The 20-something Thwaites decided to create a toaster from scratch for a college project.