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Paper Jewelry
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Upcycled. Recycled. Repurposed. Eco. Whatever you choose to call it, environmentally friendly jewelry is not only cool but helps reduce the waste going to landfills especially paper. We were supposed to use less paper in the digital age but the amount we consume has instead quadrupled! So I'd like to pay homage to these amazing paper jewelry artisans who not only do their part in recycling but manage to put the wow back into yesterday's news.

Sandra Di Giacinto
An outstanding Italian contemporary designer is Sandra Giacinto who like many paper jewelry artisans adores Japanese art. However she says the pleating technique she uses is an inspiration from ancient Greece. She likes to recycle cardboard, special binding papers and coated metallic papers. Her work is sold all over the world including in prestigious museum shops and no wonder. Her buttons above are simply gorgeous!

Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the BookRag and Bone Bindery
The lovely recycled paper jewelry you see was created by alamodestuff using punch-outs from an old calendar featuring shoes which were then strung on silver wire. She was inspired by a design of Jason Thompson, the founder and president of Rag & Bone Bindery who happens to be her friend.  Thompson specializes in making unique handbound books and other fine bindings. He clearly loves books as he has a new book coming out in April 2010 : Playing with Books: The Art of Upcycling, Deconstructing, and Reimagining the Book This book will have step by step projects to show you how to make beautiful objects and accessories from recycled books.

FrucciDesign on Etsy
New York based, Francesca Vitali is the paper and metal work virtuoso who creates outstanding contemporary eco designs I really like.  These are her shelly bangles.

She uses magazine pages and folds them, sometimes in the origami style as shown by these Girasole eco-pendants

Not just any magazines but Vouge! Lightweight too as shown by her Pink Solido bracelet :

Librarianship on Etsy
Houston based Nicci is the artisan behind Librarianship's shop which sells handmade paper jewelry. Her products appeal to bibliophiles. She works in a library so those old borrowing cards have been cleverly collected, hand cut and strung into a necklace.

Yesterday's Newspaper is Today's Jewelry
Holly Anne Mitchell is a Fine Arts graduate from the University of Michigan who has found her niche. Her newspaper jewelry is very clever as she includes different parts of newspapers - puzzle pages and comics. Her loser lottery tickets are also inspired!!

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  1. What an amazing collection! I adore jewelry made from repurposed materials, and paper is one of those mediums that has never ending possibilities.

  2. Fun stuff! So many sources for materials to boot!

  3. Wonderful imagination...I do like the idea of making jewelry from re-purposed materials.

    I've considered making new designs using "old" jewelry...maybe some day!
    Happy New Year Pearl!!!

  4. Happy New Year to you Heather and all my readers.

  5. I stumbled upon Frucci Design earlier and her creations are great. And those buttons are gorgeous, Sandra! Can't believe what can be made out of paper.

  6. cool... very artistic great job...

  7. I have been doing paper jewelry for a while and now I want to try out the comic strip stuff

  8. What a cool collection! I have been wanting to do more fabric and paper jewelry!

  9. Hi, nice paper-jewels here. I've seen similar ones made of papier mache. It's the italian jewel artist gian luca bartellone. He combines this 'poor' material with precious gemstone and diamonds. Have a look!

  10. Sandra's buttons are eye-catching, I especially love her use of colors . As I scrolled down through this posting, ogling all the beautifully unique creations, it suddenly dawned on me that it was like viewing pieces at the MOMA. Each one is decidedly museum worthy.

  11. I love paper jewelry! It's not only safe for the enviroment, but it is also fun tricking people into thinking you have store bought pieces. Magazine beads varnished with clear nailpolish look like glass and I get so many compliments on my necklace.

    How do you make the first picture though? The large, round pendants (at least that's what they look like)? Can someone link my a tutorial or perhaps explain the process to me?

  12. I really don't know how the artisan made it. Try playing around with corrugated cardboard etc and see what you can come up with.

  13. Hi! These are great creations. I also love to work with paper, i've been making paper jewelry for a while. Check out my shop: . Thanks!

  14. I just had a peek! Really nice work Papadiile!

  15. Thank you, you're very kind. I really love what i'm doing, i love handmade jewelry. Your articles are so inspiring for me.

  16. Those paper ball jewelry pieces are exquisite! I would love to feature one of your designs in my reader gallery? Could you email me with a design from your shop?


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