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Upcycled Vintage Tin Jewelry by MyAlterEco

Californian designer, Laurie, of MyAlterEco, has quite the collection of vintage aluminum tins which she puts in good use.  Her wonderful upcycled tin jewelry shows her creativity with shapes, mixed media work and a great eye for patterns!

I love how she layers her carefully cut metal and sometimes rivets them together for her distinctive style. Upcycling at its best!

Laurie explained her love of vintage:
My love of ephemera and all things vintage was formed at an early age by my close relationship with my grandparents. My grandmother's serious antique collecting and my grandfather's wonderful handwritten notes attached to absolutely everything were a constant inspiration. I imagine rich stories hidden within vintage objects giving more depth to my assemblages and collages. Unusual found objects and glue have replaced my paint and brush at least for now.  
Shopping for vintage items is something I really enjoy. What doesn't make it into my projects ends up in my Etsy shop.

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  1. These designs are impressively creative! The glove earrings are my absolute favorite!

  2. Not sure why this style of jewelry appeals to me so much but I'm assuming it's because I like to be/look different!

    Beautiful work!

    1. Aims, and the colors! I love color and "different". life is too short to wear bulk made jewelry!! ;)

    2. I do not wear bulk made jewelry. I don't like seeing an identical piece of my favourite jewelry on someone else. I have a story to go with that although not jewelry related.
      I used to own a wool shop. One year a pattern came out for a very complicated skirt and top set. The pattern showed it in a lovely pale green and was definitely a project for someone with advanced knitting skills.
      A customer bought the pattern and the lovely pale green yarn that was shown and off she went to work on her outfit for an upcoming wedding.
      Some time later she came back in and told me about getting the outfit completed and heading off to the wedding.
      She was absolutely horrified/devastated that another woman was there in the exact same knitted outfit and in the lovely pale green yarn!
      I could see she felt terrible that she had put in all that work for this special wedding only to have another woman wearing her exact same outfit!
      So I asked -------------
      Who was there first?
      She was!
      I told her that was all that mattered. People would remember seeing her in her spectacular outfit and then the second woman would only be a copy cat.
      She left much happier.
      But that taught me the importance of individuality. Something I strive for every day.
      I am me. So I wear my jewelry. Not someone else's.

      And yes - the more colour the better!

    3. that's a great way to look at an awkward situation. I agree, I don't want to see someone else wearing the identical piece of jewelry to mine so i make my own.

  3. riomagyar@sbcglobal.netOctober 11, 2021 at 7:59 PM

    Love these beautiful pieces--like walking through a gallery of a favorite museum! Stunning!

  4. very clever recycling! I'm kicking myself for getting rid of all those tins that used to fill my kitchen...

  5. So creative, colorful and eco friendly all at the same time.


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