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!
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
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
by Myra Schwartz. (Near Chicago, Il. USA) I enjoy so many articles, tips and posts in JMJ! I also make necklaces using old buckles. I've scoured flea markets and estate sales for many years in search of old and unusual beads and components to use in my jewelry. I particularly love old buckles! Here are a few recent pieces repurposed from my collection of … [Read more...] about Repurposing Antique Brooches and Buckles into Jewelry
by Paula Trehey. (Weeki Wachee Florida) I have begun making jewelry from vintage pieces in need of repurposing. I search for vintage pins and broken pieces and turn them into something with a more modern twist. Paula Trehey … [Read more...] about Turning Vintage into Modern Jewelry
by Tamara Robertson. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) I was going through my shells the other evening, and picked out a few that had holes in them, to see what I could do with them. I wanted to embellish the shells somehow, and as I looked at the beautiful colour and texture of the shells, I felt that I wanted to use pearls, to keep the softness and harmony. Then I had … [Read more...] about Giving Shells Back Their Pearls
by Sylvia King. (Muskegon Michigan) These 3 pieces were made from old skeleton keys and polymer clay. I wrapped the keys in black, green, and purple clay, and two have my signature rose and petals. The center one has an animal eye with vines and leaves. Before baking them I used a powdered paint that is metallic - blue with the black, silver for the green, and … [Read more...] about Skeleton Keys with Polymer Clay
by Carol Wofford. (Halifax Virginia) I thought I would share this fun way to repurpose an old wrist watch. I love to repurpose things and I came up with this idea for an old watch. First I removed the band and popped the back off and took out the works including the winding stem on the side. Then I got an old deck of playing cards and traced around the queen, … [Read more...] about Fun Way to Repurpose an Old Wrist Watch
by Chris Rehkop. (Ashland, MO) My husband and I had these comfortable but wonderfully worn, old denim shirts that had seen better days. As I hate throwing things away, I look for ways to repurpose items. I tore the first shirt apart, saving several pieces, and here's the first cuff bracelet I made. I posted this on my FB page, and a dear friend saw it and … [Read more...] about Faded Memories Bracelet
by Tamara Robertson. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) I had a pink variegated cotton lace doily, that I had originally picked up at a secondhand shop, for quite a while. It adorned a pillow as its first assignment. A while ago I took it off the pillow, and eventually noticed that if I cut it apart, I could make a few pairs of long pink earrings. I haven't made a … [Read more...] about Pink and Green Lace Flower Jewellery
by Michelle Marson. (Bradford, NH) This necklace is made with a fork and a turquoise glass bead, strung on a 16½” Leather Cord. This necklace is handcrafted from vintage silverware. We create spoon and fork jewelry from pieces of genuine silver plated flatware. These pieces are recycled and some are vintage. Over time, each piece has acquired its own … [Read more...] about Vintage Fork and Turquoise Bead Necklace
by Grazia Paretti. (Italy) Papier mache and crochet come together and it's love at first sight Grazia Paretti Opplà! Opplà! on Facebook … [Read more...] about Papier Mache and Crochet Jewelry