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
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
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?
by Sandy Mills. (Tionesta, PA) Walking through our local flea market, I happened upon a table of cabochons. In the basket I found these unique little beads that were made of bone. Being new to creating jewelry, I want to expand to wire work. This piece allowed me to gain a bit of the wire wrapping experience. Sandy Mills Tionesta Moon, Creations from … [Read more...] about Remake of a Flea Market Find!
by Terrie Marcoe. (New Paltz, NY) I love vintage components and am always on the lookout for caches of antique beads and findings, but a few weeks ago when I happened across what I assume was an old necklace purchased as a souvenir in the Middle or Far East, I saw in the rather unremarkable necklace a series of components that were extremely attractive to me. I … [Read more...] about When the Parts Are Greater Than the Whole
by David. (Durham, NC) This past week my dog and I were hanging out at a country yard sale. It's not a great market for homemade jewelry, but a woman came up and started trying on rings. Only one fit (size nine) and wasn't her style. She mentioned have big knuckles from her softball playing days. I told her that I would make her a ring that would fit properly, … [Read more...] about Beads and Button Wire Rings
by Dorothy Brunner. (Milk River, Alberta, Canada) These items start out at gun ranges where I pick up discarded ammo cartridges. They are then cleaned thoroughly and the firing pin removed. I then create a design on the cartridge using a sharpie or stamp, and etch the design with ferric chloride. After the etching is completed they are cleaned again by … [Read more...] about Bullet Bling
by Joan Williams. (Missouri Ozarks) Recently I was a vendor in a Re-purposed Market craft show, meaning that all items in the show were to be somehow recycled from their original use. This rekindled my passion for making found object jewelry and I had a blast! Joan Williams LilRuby Jewelry LilRuby Etsy Shop … [Read more...] about “Handyman Special” Jewelry
by Joan Williams. (Missouri Ozarks) I've seen pendants made from bottles before, but hadn't tried it myself. When I came across a trio of sweet little bottles at an antique shop I couldn't resist! Joan Williams lilruby Jewelry lilruby Etsy shop … [Read more...] about Perfume Bottle Pendants
by Teri Griffith. (Davie Florida) Can we ever be TOO resourceful, clever or frugal? Here are a few items that make me smile or scratch my head. My design process is more of a "How can these opposite things work together, or how can I save this component from the dumpster". No matter what I find, a wilted plant, an orphaned animal, or an interesting … [Read more...] about One More Time – Jewelry Components Spared from Trash
by Ginger Jones. (Daytona, Florida) I design my jewelry around recycling or repurposing materials. I try to keep my products totally handmade, so I fold boxes to package or gift each piece. A while back I realized I could incorporate the cool patterns of the scrapbook paper into some of my jewelry. The finished product is lightweight, colorful and … [Read more...] about Wire & Scrapbook Paper Jewelry