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If you've been reading my blog for a while, you would have noticed I feature some pretty unusual jewelry from time to time. That's to remind all of us the ideas we generate as designers are largely self-imposed limitations. Open your mind, your eyes and look around you for inspiration.

In the case of Jamie Elise of Among the Zinnias on Etsy, she looked no further than in her bathroom. These are her awesome, fun and colorful Firey Night Sky red and blue toothbrush bangles!

If you must know, they are Reach brand toothbrushes and not recycled.  The bristles have been removed. All in all a great conversation piece and pretty to boot! Handmade by a highly creative and imaginative artisan.

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  1. Cool idea. Nice to know they are new, however. We have some rather gross ones around here.

  2. I remember plastic bangles as a kid and loved to stack them. I loved all the bright colors too! Me, hmmm, I might have left the bristles on -then it becomes functional design. Look chic and keep your teeth healthy! :-)

  3. That's a really funny and original design. I can't believe that she actually made bracelets from tootbrushes! Very funny and cute!

  4. Very imaginative! I wonder how the bristles were removed cleanly - and they are curved so nicely. I can only imagine what a mess I would make of something like that.

  5. Thanks so much for featuring my bangles :) They actually are quite time consuming to make, but i love them so much, i keep on making them!

  6. Bangles are not only traditionally worn by Indian women, but are also in demand in the western world. Above Tooth Brush Bangles are really looking so beautiful.

  7. Wish I had come across this post months ago, as back in May of 2010 I blogged about the dilemma of old toothbrushes. Seemed mind boggling to think about how many of them are discarded daily and end up in landfills across the world. Though I couldn't say how many are thrown out on a daily basis, one could only imagine that if we were all to toss our old toothbrushes after 2 or 3 months (as recommended) each person would go through 4 to 6 brushes annually. Now times that by a few hundred million people (not the roughly 6 billion that populate our planet as not everyone has access to such modern conveniences. I would imagine it to be a pretty impressive mountain of toothbrushes. Has anyone ever noticed a recycling symbol on these? I've not been able to find one.

    True Jamie uses brand new brushes in her designs and she only uses ones made from transparent plastic but at least it's good to know that there's something that could be made from them, other than saving a couple to scour those hard to reach nooks and crannies or to make teeny tiny brushes for Barbie dolls. :)

  8. Good point about recycling. Perhaps they will use recyclable plastic in the future.

  9. All I can say is "I have seen it all now" LOL. AGain I have to say LOVE to see my newsletter/Blog in my email box. Thanks Pearl for all you do.
    Have a great day,

    Doris Price


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