by Boyd Ashworth. (Powder Springs, Georgia) Hello Rena I have enjoyed your page for several years now and have always wanted to show and tell. Our seven year old female Rat Terrier mixed with hound Baby Dog chewed up a pair of my wife’s reading glasses. Nothing much was left of the glasses. It seemed all there was to do was put them in the trash. "Found … [Read more...] about The Dog Chewed up My Reading Glasses, So I Made Earrings
Repurposed / Eco-Friendly Jewelry
Gallery of handmade jewelry created from repurposed or eco-friendly items.
by Petra Hofmann. (Germany) The central piece of this collage is a piece of glass from Roman time, dug out of the ground in Afghanistan. The doll’s head, broken china, was dug in Thuringia, Germany, where “bad” pieces were thrown into big ditches. Incorporated is a piece of real amber, and the necklace’s pearls are made in Africa out of old bottles. An … [Read more...] about Upcycled Jewelry
by Tanja Cilia. (Malta, Europe) As soon as I saw the Grungy Graduation Tutorial post, I knew I had to make something similar to the necklace, because it was so cute. So I riffled through my box of bits and bobs, and found a bit off a pen-drive I had removed before throwing it away, a chain, some charms and beads, and a bit of stone... and this is the … [Read more...] about Pseudo Grunge Necklace
by Debra Lowe. (Denver, Colorado USA) I love vintage silver spoons with floral designs, regular size or demitasse. They are works of art on the end of a spoon. So having collected them for a while I went to my stash for inspiration. I have done several pendant necklaces with one spoon, but I decided to solder a few together for a garden effect. My own back … [Read more...] about Silver Spoon Pendants
by Debra Lowe. (Denver, Colorado USA) My very first submission to JMJ was a green Lizards and Flowers piece I made and sold almost immediately. I loved it and had really wanted to keep it for moi, so I went looking for another. Found two! What a find, I was so excited...So, you say I'm loopy...probably. Anyway, I designed and made a similar but different … [Read more...] about Lizards and Flowers – I Found Another!
by Lynda Evans. (Solebury, PA) I’ve been intrigued for years with paper beads and, after lots of experimentation, finally found a way to make them that is different and very appealing. They turn out looking surprisingly like Venetian glass beads...and don’t have the weight, so you can pile them on. Being a painter as well as a jewelry designer, I start with painting … [Read more...] about Glass-Like Paper Beads
by Corrine Bateman. (Adelaide, Australia) A friend, who recently lost her mother, asked me to make a necklace from the watch that her mother always wore. She wanted to wear something in memory of her mother. I used all the pieces from the watch and I am quite happy at how the necklace looks. Corrine Bateman … [Read more...] about Recycled Necklace Made from a Watch
by Carol Wofford. (Halifax, VA) I'm a self taught jewelry artist and as such am continually experimenting with new mediums. I've discovered that I love working with old, broken or discarded materials that would likely be thrown away. Yard sales and flea markets are my favorite places to shop. This weekend I came across some old refrigerator copper tube at a … [Read more...] about Hammered Copper Tube Earrings from Recycled Refrigerator Tube
by Debra Lowe. (Denver, Colorado USA) I thought a lot of artists would get a kick out of this one. While wandering the isles of a craft store with a friend, I came across the most adorable paper clips in the scrap booking section. I don't scrapbook, but I am always on the hunt for odd little finds for my jewelry. The little paper clips were bees...need I … [Read more...] about The Beekeeper Necklace… Yep, Paperclips
by Juan Valerio. (Houston TX) I made this necklace out of a kitchen utensil and recycled crystal beads. After I cut the part I was going to use as my pendant, I textured it with a hammer. The opening in the middle,was already there,so that worked for me. I know this piece is not for everyone, but I like it! Juan Valerio Juan of a Kind Designs … [Read more...] about Statement Necklace from a Kitchen Utensil
by Carol Wofford. (Halifax, VA) I've been wanting to come up with new ways to use up my old inventory of vintage costume jewelry. I have loved jewelry since I was a child and started collecting at an early age. I've bought from auctions, estate sales, yard sales etc., buying box lots to get the one piece I wanted or just buying it because it was pretty. As a … [Read more...] about Repurposed or Upcycled Costume Jewelry
by Liz Juneau. (Savannah, GA) I have been on an upcycling kick. It helps to have generous friends to give me their treasures and castoffs - broken or rarely worn jewelry. It gets my creative juices flowing on how to decide to use them. Sometimes I take them apart and rework them into a new design. I did this recently with a friend's deceased … [Read more...] about When it is Broke, Reuse and Upcycle It