by Lynda Evans. (Solebury, PA) I’ve been intrigued for years with paper beads and, after lots of experimentation, finally found a way to make them that is different and very appealing. They turn out looking surprisingly like Venetian glass beads...and don’t have the weight, so you can pile them on. Being a painter as well as a jewelry designer, I start with painting … [Read more...] about Glass-Like Paper Beads
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
by Corrine Bateman. (Adelaide, Australia) A friend, who recently lost her mother, asked me to make a necklace from the watch that her mother always wore. She wanted to wear something in memory of her mother. I used all the pieces from the watch and I am quite happy at how the necklace looks. Corrine Bateman … [Read more...] about Recycled Necklace Made from a Watch
by Carol Wofford. (Halifax, VA) I'm a self taught jewelry artist and as such am continually experimenting with new mediums. I've discovered that I love working with old, broken or discarded materials that would likely be thrown away. Yard sales and flea markets are my favorite places to shop. This weekend I came across some old refrigerator copper tube at a … [Read more...] about Hammered Copper Tube Earrings from Recycled Refrigerator Tube
by Debra Lowe. (Denver, Colorado USA) I thought a lot of artists would get a kick out of this one. While wandering the isles of a craft store with a friend, I came across the most adorable paper clips in the scrap booking section. I don't scrapbook, but I am always on the hunt for odd little finds for my jewelry. The little paper clips were bees...need I … [Read more...] about The Beekeeper Necklace… Yep, Paperclips
by Juan Valerio. (Houston TX) I made this necklace out of a kitchen utensil and recycled crystal beads. After I cut the part I was going to use as my pendant, I textured it with a hammer. The opening in the middle,was already there,so that worked for me. I know this piece is not for everyone, but I like it! Juan Valerio Juan of a Kind Designs … [Read more...] about Statement Necklace from a Kitchen Utensil
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
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 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 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 Etta Hughes. (Texas) I love creating jewelry from coins. I believe that they are good conversation pieces. I believe that you can find value in everything. Etta Hughes The Widow's Mite … [Read more...] about Classy Coin Jewelry
by Paula Trehey. (Weeki Wachee Florida) I have been buying dress clips and shoe clips, and turning them into necklaces. This one is an old dress clip that I removed the clip from. I strung wire through the openings where the clip was originally attached. Paula Trehey The Giggling Mermaid … [Read more...] about Dress Clip into a Necklace