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!
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
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
by Cathy Stewart. (Madras, OR) I made this necklace for my daughter-in-law's birthday. It has as the center piece an old fork that has been cut off, shined up and bent with a small loop for the necklace. I used freshwater pearls, Amazonite, hemetite, Amethyst, glass and metal beads. Cathy Stewart Younique Jewelry … [Read more...] about Turning an Old Fork into New Necklace
by Jody Lanham. (Wooster, Ohio, USA) This is my first post/submission to JMJ, I hope I'm doing it right! Anyway, I had a request for a custom piece from a lady who wanted a birthday gift for her sister. She had seen and admired a piece at a show recently, but decided to think about it. When she did decide to return for it, unfortunately for her, someone else had … [Read more...] about Glitter Storm: A Custom Creation
by Tamara Summers. (Sarnia, Ontario, Canada) On one of my walks late this summer I came across a chandelier that someone had put out at the curb. I don't need a chandelier for lighting, but of course my eyes immediately feasted on all those beautiful crystals that I could use to make jewellery with! It was dusty, but I knew a bath could fix that. I sounded a bit … [Read more...] about Chandelier Crystal Necklaces
by Susan Anderson. This is my favorite time of the year! Much of my work is done in the earthy fall palette, so I would like to share a few of my new pieces for the season. During the year I like to take a few trips to the local junkyard. I basically just search the ground looking for inspiration pieces for creating jewelry. When I get home, I dump everything into a … [Read more...] about Fall Fever From Junkyard Finds