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
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
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?
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