Friday, November 28, 2008

Going Green?

I've been debating this for a while. I know some people who shop on Etsy appreciate recycling efforts. I think most of those people are artists themselves. But...there are others who don't care for spending their money on something they feel is used or even a part of it used. I guess they feel like they aren't getting their money's worth. It is sad that people don't see the purchase as support for other's efforts to help save the earth. That should be a big motivating factor when people are deciding on a purchase.

I have recently been working on some jewelry that includes "upcycled" items. It has been so much fun watching the transformation. I just recently finished a necklace that includes bead from two different bracelets. The necklace is mainly composed of new items though. This was really an experiment for me. But it was great to be able to take two simple beaded stretch bracelets and use those beads to make this lovely necklace. I am really bad about not taking photos of my work. I hate that part. Hopefully I will be able to give you guys a preview soon though.

Just so you have an idea, the necklace is made with the upcycled resin beads from the bracelets, new glass beads, silver metal spacers and an epoxy and silver metal owl pendant. I didn't really understand the fascination with owls lately. But now they're growing on me. :)

I'm going to leave you with links to a few Etsy shops who concentrate on recycling and upcycling in their own unique ways. Hope you check them out and let me know what you think. :D



SortaFlowering Designs said...

That's pretty cool:) I like the idea of "upcycling"- I have a box of beer and wine bottles that a friend at a restaurant donated to me to try my hand at melting them down in my kiln. I have seen glass workers make beads out of bottle glass, I am going to try slumping them down over a mold into soap dishes - fingers crossed =^.^=
Looking forward to a picture of your necklace! Sounds awesome:)