Thursday, November 10, 2011

How to Make Recycled Water or Pop Bottle Jewelry

Plastic Bottle Flowers
New readers might be aghast at the thought of using plastic in jewelry let alone recycled water or pop bottles.

But some artisans do make incredible jewelry out of the most mundane items. Don't believe me?  Just check out some of the past posts below.

Eco, upcycled or recycled jewelry are some of the terms used for this green trend. Here are some tutorials by a couple of very creative crafters to inspire.

Plastic bottle flowers are easy to create. Leanne over at the Luvlee Scrappin blog uploaded a video showing how it is done.  Part 2 is here. The flowers can be used in any number of ways - on a hair barrette, as focals for necklaces and perhaps smaller versions for earrings.




Heidi Borchers makes good use of the empty plastic bottles with her Water Bottle and Paper Bangle tutorial.  They make easy bangles when cut up.  The pretty paper is sandwiched between two plastic bangles and sealed on the edges with metallic foil tape. There is an accompanying video.

Water bottle and paper bangles


She also added fabric rather than paper for her Reverse Fabric Earrings tutorial. You have to use water bottles with smooth sides.


Heidi came up with this colorful necklace from not just water bottles but drinking straws as well.  She wraps fabric strips over both plastic sources. Some embroidery floss and bead embellishments add to the overall design.  A video is also available.




Way to go EcoHeidi!!

Via

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10 comments :

Millie @ ammjewelry said...

What amazing vision these artists have...recycling, I love it!

The Beading Gem said...

So do I. Increasing numbers of artisans are working with recycled materials. It's amazing how good some of the creations are.

Divya N said...

These are fantastic...now that clear jewelry is going to be in again these techniques would really work

Saturday Sequins said...

What incredible pieces! I've seen jewelry out of recycled plastic before, but it wasn't as impressive as these examples. :)

I love recycling, too. One of my favorite sources of materials and inspiration is creative reuse centers -- I'm actually going to interview a bunch of them soon, and I'm excited.

The Beading Gem said...

Be sure to check out the links at the end of the post for truly amazing work.

I'll bet the interviews will be written up on your blog?

Saturday Sequins said...

Hi, Pearl!

I'm actually writing an article for the Daily Muse and will use a lot of the information for that. But if I get too much good information to fit into one article, I'll definitely do a series of posts. :)

Mixed Kreations said...

Wow! These are really cool. Some people are so creative when it comes to recycling items. Truly amazing.

Handmade Artists' Forum and Shop said...

That's pretty cool stuff, thanks for sharing Pearl :D
Andrew

Lori Fellows said...

Recycling is getting more beautiful all the time.
I just posted about your blog on my blog to spread the joy and info around!


Lori Fellows
Bags to Beads- How to turn ordinary grocery bags into gorgeous beads.
lorifellows.wordpress.com

The Beading Gem said...

Thanks so much for sharing my post! Yes, let's get more people into recycled jewelry.

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