Yesterday I visited my parents' house. Not only is their home one of my favorite places in the world, it is also a sort of museum of all the things that I have made over the last two decades. Many of the things that I've made over the years are still there ( luckily, my mum is bad at throwing stuff away). One of the things that caught my attention this weekend was my collection of handmade jewelry with upcycled materials, so I figured that I might share some of them with you.
I have always loved making jewelry. Heck, I even sold them to a few shops in the neighborhood.
However, I remember very few times that I actually bought beads. Beads are expensive. And to be perfectly honest with you, I think it's ridiculous to spend over € 20 euro's on beads to make a necklace that you probably could have bought retail for half of that price. So, I used other methods to make my jewelry:
1) by deconstructing old or thrifted jewelry
2) by upcycling other materials into jewelry.
The second method is by far my favorite. It asks you to look different at materials.
The great thing about jewelry is that you can practically make them out of anything. Last weekend, I photographed some of those projects. The photo's that are showed here are only the tip of the iceberg (I got bored with taking pictures and there also happened to be tea), but they might give you some inspiration. I hope you enjoy them!
These pendant earrings are made with old pearl shell buttons. Whenever I'm refashioning, I always save all buttons, zippers etc. Sometimes they come in handy in other refashioning projects, and sometimes they come in handy as something new, such as earrings!
These are made from old teaspoons, one of my favorite techniques. The great thing about using things as teaspoons ( or other kitchen-ware alike) is that you can use high-quality materials such as metal and even silver to make jewelry, without the difficult techniques or equipment.
This one is made from the pendants of an old chandelier. I once bought the chandelier secondhand for around 25 euros, and it had around 40 of these pendants, all from real crystal. They are a little heavy, but whenever I wear them, people always ask if they are some sort of family-jewels :)
This necklace was made from several old -broken- bracelets and necklaces, which were all thrifted.
and the easiest one: A necklace made from leftover fabric from a refashioning project!
yep! a steam basket! Fortunately, it doesn't look like that when finished.
|please excuse my tired face, I failed at cropping it out the picture!|
Here's a (non-complete!) list of things that I have made jewelry with:
- soda bottles
- bicycle tires
- old pendant lamps
- smithereens of porcelain
- recycled plastic
- slices of branches
- plant seeds
- plastic toys
- old paintings
- plastic cutlery