by Ann McIntyre. (United Kingdom) Working with different materials gives you the inspiration to make something out of nothing. All these items were mostly from 1950s - 1960s era loose beads, broken chains, just an old collection of vintage gems. I think the most important thing about upcycled jewelry is it is so unique. When you put your creativity to work and … [Read more...] about A Mixture of Earrings and Other Recycled Jewelry
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, CA) I've been thinking about this particular challenge for several days. No firm ideas until I was emptying out a drawer and found two sets of "blousing springs" and one of my favorite watches from when I was teaching. For anyone who might not be familiar with blousing springs they are used to blouse the bottom of pants legs so they … [Read more...] about A Strange Collection
by Joan Williams. (Springfield, MO) Yep, I'm still at it - trying to find ways to make jewelry out of every little odd thing I pick up! This time it's a pretty little tooled buckle from a vintage western belt. I removed the stem part of the buckle and added dangles of turquoise, amber and czech glass along with a cute little cowboy boot charm, and attached the … [Read more...] about Western Buckle Pendant
by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, CA) A friend called me one day and said she had some over-sized copper colored staples from the bottom of a large packing box. She wondered if I could use them for jewelry. I had them around for several weeks with no idea how to use them. Then one day while I was organizing some beads I re-discovered a string of handmade recycled … [Read more...] about Fun, Funky and a Bit Rustic
by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, CA) What can you make with a pair of earrings? More earrings of course or something completely different. I chose to make something different. The earrings had lots of components and I wanted to use as many as possible. So I took them apart then waited for inspiration to strike. I had no idea what I was going to make or how … [Read more...] about We Started Life as Earrings
by Nancy Vaughan. (San Diego, California USA) Here are some more packing box staples in a totally different design. (See my earlier necklace, Fun, Funky, and a Bit Rustic, made with staples.) The staples in the necklace above are from the second group supplied by my friend. Like many of my more unusual pieces, this started out as an experiment. In the first … [Read more...] about More Jewelry Made with Staples