by Carol Wofford. (Halifax, VA) I've been wanting to come up with new ways to use up my old inventory of vintage costume jewelry. I have loved jewelry since I was a child and started collecting at an early age. I've bought from auctions, estate sales, yard sales etc., buying box lots to get the one piece I wanted or just buying it because it was pretty. As a … [Read more...] about Repurposed or Upcycled Costume Jewelry
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by Cindi Bernloehr. (United States) I went on vacation with my neighbors to St. Thomas. Their little girl (age 3) found some "very special" shells and she came and asked "Miss Cindi, can you make me some jewelry?" Well that was a challenge I couldn't resist. I watched a tute on wire wrapping shark teeth and used the same method on her tiny shells for an … [Read more...] about Earrings – Hear The Ocean
by Liz Juneau. (Savannah, GA) I have been on an upcycling kick. It helps to have generous friends to give me their treasures and castoffs - broken or rarely worn jewelry. It gets my creative juices flowing on how to decide to use them. Sometimes I take them apart and rework them into a new design. I did this recently with a friend's deceased … [Read more...] about When it is Broke, Reuse and Upcycle It
by Karen Watson. (Springfield, Missouri) This necklace was made for a lovely lady who has had 8 children and tragically lost 4 of them. There are Swarovski crystal birthstones for the 4 living children and angel wings for each of the angel babies. The ovals are sterling silver that are soldered together with an attached ring at the top, then textured with a … [Read more...] about Some of My Latest Pieces
by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) Ok, now these first 2 pieces are definitely not my normal style of jewelry design, but I wanted to create something for resort / beachwear. I launched my "Beach Babies" line this spring, and created a variety of pieces suitable for more casual / beach wear. I've received good comments from my Facebook friends, and now I hope … [Read more...] about Beach Babies Jewelry Line
by Liz Juneau. (Savannah, GA) Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful and often beautiful. Another term is "creative reuse". I found this broken rosary with beautiful clear faceted beads and silver components. I enjoyed researching the scenes and writings on the connectors which I found out was a devotion to … [Read more...] about Upcycled Rosary
by Carol Wilson. (Granger, TX) I've always loved tiny bottles, especially vintage bottles. I found this one at an estate sale - I don't know its story. I was told it might have held perfume. It was too cute to sit on the shelf, so I wrapped it in copper wire and hung it from a copper chain. Carol Wilson Silver Star Enterprises … [Read more...] about Vintage Bottle Pendant
by Gay Nace. (AZ) I found this beautiful amethyst stalactite, among other beautiful stones I purchased, at the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show. It was one of the first ones I decided to wire wrap. I usually look at stone and figure out the best way to wrap them that will bring out their natural beauty. Gay Nace Designs by Gay … [Read more...] about Wire Wrapped Amethyst Stalactite Sterling Silver Pendant
by Bev Carlson. (Massachusetts) This is a picture of the shell jewelry that my Mother used to make in the 1940's. Because of the war materials were scarce. She ordered shells from Florida and made these pieces. She sold them through a friend at her office at Kodak and made enough money to purchase a vacuum cleaner. I still have about 10 or so pieces she … [Read more...] about Shell Jewelry from the Past
by Donna Westbrook. (Portsmouth, N.H.) I made a prototype of these earrings mainly to see how the design would work. I already knew how the copper wire wrapping would be. This is one of my pieces I designed in my head, not on paper. It consists of wire frames of lower gauge being wrapped with wire of higher gauge. I formed the wires trying to make them … [Read more...] about Copper Wire Wrapped Hoops
by Anita S Campbell. (United States) My entry into paper bead making came last year while visiting our daughter and son-in-law in upstate NY. We visited a nearby craft show and found a crafter who was making absolutely beautiful jewelry out of paper. I then began my research (via YouTube and other locations) on how to make paper beads. In my usual manner, I … [Read more...] about Paper Bead Jewelry – Eco-Friendly AND FUN!
by Kimberly Alexander. (Cleveland, Ohio) This piece is a clash of African culture and street vibes. Inspired by all things bold and eclectic. I utilize a very simple, tried and true technique with my statement pieces, good ole needle and thread. Each one handsewn combined with various braiding styles. Designed for the daring … [Read more...] about The Kamba Knot Necklace