|How to Make Recycled Jewelry: Four Free Found-Object DIY Jewelry-Making Projects
I’m pretty sure that our free eBook, DIY Recycled Jewelry: 4 Free Tutorials is my favorite one ever.
I’ve always been a fan of upcycling, of repurposing (saving, really) pretty old bits and pieces of just about anything into pretty new recycled jewelry designs. I have such a love of old things, it makes me sad to see something that was once a treasure be tossed aside (or worse, tossed out) just because the clasp is broken or a crystal is missing. (It’s probably the same kind of “love” that makes me buy every broken-nosed snowman I see in the stores around Christmastime; I know if I don’t buy them, no one will. And now my secret’s out!)
Making recycled jewelry is a great way to give all the beauty and craftsmanship of found objects a second life, of seeing how much aesthetic value you can find in a discarded (but interesting) scrap. Working with pieces of old jewelry or silverware, old watch or clock parts, bits of paper ephemera or ribbon, etc.–anything old and lovely–also forces me to be more creative than I might be when working with all new components or even making metal components from scratch. Upcycled jewelry feels like a form of collage that allows me to break the rules and mix things I love into something beautiful and meaningful. Plus, it’s just so much fun!
The four recycled jewelry step-by-step projects in DIY Recycled Jewelry: 4 Free Tutorials will inspire you to dig through your stash (and maybe the trash…) and do just that. You can find and use found objects similar to the ones the project designers used in these projects, or simply be inspired by what they created and use the skills they teach you to make your own recycled jewelry out of found treasures.