Published on March 17th, 2008 | by Juliet Ames18
Recycled Jewelry: Where Has Your Jewelry Been?
At the heart of the green crafting movement are artists using bizarre materials to make their crafts. I absolutely love making and wearing jewelry made out of unexpected materials. When has a gold heart necklace from the mall ever sparked a conversation in the way that a necklace made out of used car parts or broken plates has? You are sure to start some interesting dialog when wearing something from these three artists.
This ring is hand carved from a used number 11 pool ball…yes, a pool ball! How cool! Eleanor Salazar of PoolBallRings is an artist from Maine who can hand carve any color or number ball you like, in your size, and have it to you in two weeks. She even makes earrings. What a great gift for the pool shark in your life!
The 2ReVert shop asks, “Where has your Jewelry Been?” Being that these earring are made from used skateboards, one never knows what kind of trouble they got into in their last life. That is the best part about jewelry made from repurposed objects, the back-story (or perceived back-story) adds so much interest and personality to a piece.
Finally, Belcher from New York, has lots of ideas about what can be made out if used bike tires. This ring, for example, is a really simple use for the old rubber but the red and white stitching transforms it from old rubber tire to a decorative piece of jewelry. Be sure to check out his site to see the wallet too!
There is so much fantastic recycled jewelry out there, I could keep going all day! Please feel free to share your favorite recycled jewelry artists in a comment!