by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, California, USA) A few days ago I went to a local thrift store to check for items that I could repurpose for jewelry or use for displaying pieces. I also wanted to see if there were any Scrabble games so I could use the tiles for jewelry. No such luck. However, while checking through the board games I spotted a Monopoly set. I checked to … [Read more...] about Monopolyholics Jewelry
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
by Kathy McChesney. (Hagaman,NY) I was commissioned to turn this flute into a necklace by a wonderful percussionist.I used the colors that were on her blouse she was wearing.I emailed her a picture of the flute once it was done to see if she was satisfied,I used a vase from a a garage sale as a display. She loves her new Guatemalan necklace. Kathy McChesney Dream … [Read more...] about Toot Your Flute
by Pascha. Being the earring junkie that I am I love to take apart necklaces and bracelets and make them into earrings. I thought I show you two of my many "Jewelry Remixes" Pascha … [Read more...] about Remix Your Jewelry!
by Dawn Meredith. (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada) I was scrounging around one of my favourite recycling areas, a music store and outside someone had dumped a whole mess of used guitar strings. They were in great shape. My boyfriend, a musician, said most looked unused. I was struck with the idea of using them as the base for a whole new line of … [Read more...] about Sling Guitar String Necklaces
by Pascha. I have an obsession with taking necklaces and bracelets apart and turning them into earrings since I am a Major earring junkie! Earrings are the one accessory I cannot absolutely do without. I can forgo a necklace or a bracelet....but earrings ....Never! I took these triple layered earrings and separated the layers and made an earring -choker set. I … [Read more...] about Triple Square Earrings Recycled to a New Look
by Joan Kraus. (Rancho Palos Verdes, California) None of my children were interested in my silver plated items, so I re-purposed a large fish server to become the pendant for my fish server necklace. After cutting off the handle, I hammered the curved edge flat and drilled two holes. Silk-covered beads in black and white, which I had found at a thrift shop,were … [Read more...] about Fish Server Necklace
by A. E. Syphers. (Gulf Coast Florida) You can make jewelry out of anything, including items that seem worlds apart. Too many "good things" just get discarded when they could start a whole new life completely different than how they were used originally. The fun, creative part is figuring out how to do this in a balanced, cohesive way. I had an old brass … [Read more...] about Old Buttons & An Old Drawer Back Plate Cuff Bracelet
by A. E. Syphers. (Gulf Coast, Florida) I got an idea one day and asked my husband to take me to the local shooting range for some "inventory". He's well aware I get some crazy ideas, but never questions them because he knows somehow things work out. I was able to pick through mounds of spent shot gun shells and came home with a bag full of "free stuff". Taking the … [Read more...] about “I Know My Rights” Pendant
by Vel Woody. I have made some jewelry out of old recycle legos and I am wanting to know if it is legal to sell these at craft shows? I have seen some on the esty website for sale. I just want to made sure it is legal to sell these. Vel Woody … [Read more...] about Jewelry Made Out of Recycled Items
by Lynda. (Spring Valley, CA) This necklace has been quite a process for me. Starting with hand forming steel wire frames. Added an illustration and text from the first chapter and first page of the Lewis Carroll classic (one dollar used book). It's a love / hate relationship. Love the black and white illustrations...but the stories are filled with characters that … [Read more...] about Through the Looking Glass
by Joan Williams. (lilruby) I recently purchased some antique keyhole escutcheons from Belgium that are made from tin instead of the usual brass. This vintage moon face button was a perfect fit for the center of the escutcheon, and I decided to add only the tiny rhinestones for a bit of sparkle while keeping the overall look monochromatic. A length of … [Read more...] about Full Moon Bracelet
by Gemini Gypsy Creations. (Juneau, Alaska) This necklace was inspired by watching my husband work on some machinery. Of course, making jewelry is always on my mind so some of the parts he was using really caught my eye. The U shaped rings come in many different sizes and are called split rings or retainer rings and are made of steel. They can be found in … [Read more...] about Machinery Parts Necklace