Saturday, June 4, 2016

Embellishing Recycled Plastic Bottle Jewelry with Sea Shells and Fabric

By on Saturday, June 04, 2016 3 Comments

Upcycling plastic bottles not just reuses a throw away item. There are some benefits too.  First and most important, the jewelry piece will not be heavy. EcoHeidi Borchers demonstrates in her first video tutorial how to use plastic pieces as the foundation to her Boho sea shell embellished necklace. The ridges of the common plastic water bottle does add texture to the foundation.

I love how she colored the plastic with acrylic paint for a solid background.  The sea shells, beads and glitter are all glued on. The final coat of  3D Crystal Lacquer seals and protects the whole design. 

She reuses smooth sided plastic bottles for her fabric embellished earrings tutorial.  Here the lightweight plastic acts as a foundation for the fabric. Using craft glue especially formulated for fabric works better than if you use another glue which might affect the fabric.  Great way to use up fabric scraps!

Hat tip to reader Aims for the seashell tutorial!


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  1. I don't think I'm unusual when it comes to jewelry making. I'll pick up anything I find for 'perhaps future use' when I'm out and about. I've got a couple of grocery bags full of seashells I've picked up when traveling. I'm certainly a Magpie - attracted to shiny objects.
    Here in Alberta we get money back from our recyclables. However - I'd be more than willing to lose the 5 cents I'd get back on a water bottle when it becomes as useful as this! Once painted you have no idea that the base is a water bottle. It's amazing!! Love the idea!
    And those fabric earrings are just plain cute! Of course a great piece of fabric...hmmm do I have any? - is what really helps!

    1. Anything can be made into jewelry! Especially something close at hand.