With the cost of metals (and everything else!) rising, it’s more fun and rewarding than ever to make jewelry using things you already have or can recycle from something that’s free. In our newest free tutorial, you’ll get three step-by-step projects that will inspire you to dig through your stash (and maybe the trash…) with complete how-to instructions from their clever designers. You can find and use found objects similar to the ones they used in their projects, or simply be inspired by what they created and use the skills they share (such as soldering, bezel making, metal stamping, wire wrapping, and more) to make your own recycled jewelry using found objects and treasures.
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Found Object Jewelry from Vintage Ephemera
Vintage Illustration Pendant: A confection from recycled ephemera By Eleanore Macnish
Sparkly rhinestone bits and pieces of old jewelry are probably the most prized find for recycled jewelry artist. Pair them with a charming bit of paper ephemera, some resin and silver components, and some sprinkles–of course–and you have a charming and truly one-of-a-kind statement jewelry piece. From the artists: "To make this pendant, you need to go on a scavenger hunt. Gather all sorts of earrings, vintage illustrations of cakes, and whatever you think might look good hanging from the bottom of your pendant. Good places to start hunting are a flea market or tag and yard sales. I gathered orphaned earrings, vintage jewelry, coins, tokens, and game pieces for my pendant."
Recycled Accessories from Found Objects
Found Object Pendant: A vintage ruler and typewriter key mark a milestone By Eleanore Macnish
What a fun piece! Use a bit of a vintage ruler to mark a friend’s number-related milestone (turning 40, losing 20, birthing #4, selling house #100?) and a typewriter key letter to "monogram" it. Add a message with some metal stamps and the resulting piece of recycled found object jewelry will be a treasured memory for your friend, a special secret between the two of you, and a unique conversation-starting piece of jewelry to the rest of the world.
Make a Brooch from Tin Cans
Floral Cantasy Recycled Pin/Brooch By Claire S. Larrabee
You can’t describe any of these projects without the word "fun"–and this one is no exception! Turn a pretty drink can into a bouquet of flowers using a simple craft paper punch and see if you don’t get hooked on recycling cans into jewelry! "While drinking a soda one day, I realized how pretty the can was, with its bright colors and novel graphics," designer Claire said. "Recycling cans as jewelry seemed like a fun idea, so with a scrapbooking punch and simple wirework techniques, I started turning cans into colorful earrings, pins, and necklaces. This pin is made from one of my favorite cans, Arizona Green Tea."
How to Make a Seashell Necklace
Hidden Gem By Beth Ullman
Making seashell jewelry is often one of the first leaps many jewelry makers take when they dive into the world of DIY. And with its easy accessibility and sustainable nature, it’s obvious why. Here you’ll learn how to use seashells you have lying around the house in a way that’s absolutely stunning.
Beginner or advanced, you’ll find a DIY jewelry project for you here.
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