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
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
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
by Cora Baillie. (Christchurch, New Zealand) One of Mum’s favourite souvenirs, the Mexican hat had sat on her coffee table for a long time, but no one wanted it, so I took it for the silver. It was a shame to melt it down as I appreciated the quality of the raised work and the time that took to do, so it sat on my bench for a while. Then I thought - 4 flowers and … [Read more...] about Mexican Hat Transformation into Jewelry
by Tami Pettersen. (Hansville, Wa) I found this beautiful cream colored stone on the beach by my house. I hammered copper links and spirals and drilled the stone to make this bracelet. Tami Pettersen Greystone Art Jewelry Greystone Art Jewelry on Facebook … [Read more...] about Beach Stone Bracelet
by Tamara Summers. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) Some simple beach stones just have grand dreams and intentions of becoming necklace pendants - they really do! I come across them occasionally as I search for treasures on the beach to make jewellery and art with. They've taken decades, if not longer, to create a hole within themselves to accommodate a bale very easily, … [Read more...] about Kintsugi-Inspired Beach Stone Necklace
by Suzan Rothstein. (Carbondale Colorado) Repurposing old jewelry is so much fun. I used Swellegant in the copper color to make this older gold leaf new again. I found the glass heart in my collection of pieces to recycle and used a fire polished coppery colored bead and some copper wire for more embellishment. Suzan Rothstein … [Read more...] about Repurposing Older Elements
by Catherine. (Oklahoma) Like Rena, I love green colors. I collect anything green. I inherited my Grandma's beaded necklaces and broaches. I especially loved one necklace, it's one of my favorite shades of green. I took it apart and made a bracelet (middle) from each bead for my Sister and I a few months ago. It's something I will always treasure. Usually … [Read more...] about Grandma’s Green Beads
by Janet Vacanti. (Lockport, NY) I love to walk the shores of Lake Ontario where I live. Most people collect beach glass, but I fill my pockets with metal objects. I am fascinated with the textures, patinas and rust on them. Their organic and mechanical shapes are also intriguing, but not as much as their secret past. What were they and how did they end … [Read more...] about Recycled Assemblage Jewelry
by Dana. (Australia) I like to shop the thrift shops for plastic bits for pouring. I found a plastic heart. I use delft clay for this. I take all my scraps and melt them down and pour into the mould and make silver findings. Dana … [Read more...] about Recycled Heart with Melted Plastic Scraps
by Catherine Smith. (Oklahoma) I went to a yard sale today and found a table full of beaded necklaces as well as bracelets. I've been taking all the beads off the strings and washing them to re use for something else. I found these two necklaces for 50 cents, and want to only use the medallion for a new necklace, any suggestions? And is it a bad idea to buy … [Read more...] about Yard Sale Find – How to Use It in Jewelry? Or Is it a Bad Idea?