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When we think of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, we think of their famous 2 day Carnival (or carnaval in Portuguese). This huge pre-Easter festival is infused with music, dance and most of all color.

So it's not surprising that Brazilian designer, Carlos Sobral infuses so much color in his delicious sorbet inspired recycled resin jewelry.

He started making his distinctive resin hand crafted jewelry back in 1970 and slowly won international recognition and awards. Over the years, he has expanded his repertoire to include home accessories. He recently opened his first US store on West Broadway in New York City.

The Rio de Janeiro workshop pictures from his website show this designer's commitment to the handmade process and to an eco-friendly production process. What's so striking especially in Brazil where life can be very hard, is his provision of rare employee benefits to his 160 staff - daily meals, medical care and retirement plans. Happy employees make pieces they are truly proud of!

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  1. Carlos' pieces are beautiful, so bright, vivid and FUN ! What really is impressive is his commitment to provide such benefits and a better lifestyle for his employees. Bravo Carlos! Usted es tan bueno.

  2. I would like to know where you got the molds for those bracelets. Thanks.

    1. You can make your own molds using silicone mold materials. Or you can buy those molds. Some artisans make them - try

  3. Hello, I have searched the internet on how to make layered striped color resin jewelry, & cannot find any tutorials. The Sobral bangles at the top of this page is what I'm talking about... how do you get each striped color into the mold for casting? Thank you for any help.

    1. Usually multi layered resin pieces are done by pouring each color into a mold and letting it set before adding the next. A laborious process. However the Sobral bangles have vertical strips which suggests that the recycled resin layers were poured into say, a square block mold. After setting, the bangle shape was carved out of this block. They probably used the remainder to cut out smaller pieces.


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