Sunday, September 26, 2010

Blog Carnival - Using Recycled Materials (Sun, 26 Sept)

I can't believe that its been a month since the last SATeam blog carnival!  The subject for this month is how we use recycled materials in our creations.

Traditionally a silver girl, recently I have been playing with brass, copper and bronze elements in my work.  With old is new again - I have much pleasure in visiting second hand stores for old jewels to pull apart and recreate into new pieces, ramaging through recycling shops for components I can use and even the hardware store is a good place to go.  There is nothing better than pulling apart a piece and using the materials to create a unique piece of jewellery. 

Here is a piece I created with the chain and Swarovski crystals coming from a necklace I picked up in a second hand shop and the wire used to wrap the leaves was picked up in a recycling shop.  They were the perfect component for the leaves I made from bronze and copper clay.

I found this piece of rubber the other day whilst visiting a recycle shop - my plan will be to use this as a base for a choker necklace.

These off -cuts of leather ...

... will be used to create anoter cuff

So in this day and age of the disposable society - beauty can be found.

Check out what some of my friends from our team do with recycled materials.

The FamiLee Jewels

Danagonia Enchanted Jewelry


  1. Great necklace! Love those leaves.. all I ever find in second hand stores is JUNK!

  2. I love your cuff and the leaves turned out really well, with that necklace you are all set for autumn.

  3. Great post on this topic. I love the leather cuff!!

  4. Great finds Caron. The leather is beautiful but I can't wait to see what you do with the rubber ring.

  5. Very nice work! Like Bonnie said, I can't wait to see what you do with the rubber ring!

  6. Love that leather! I look forward to seeing that rubber in a finished piece too.


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