How to Make Recycled Jewelry: Ideas and Projects for Creating Found Object Jewelry

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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In addition to these three fun and fabulous recycled jewelry projects, you'll get great tips like how to properly seal paper ephemera for use with resin (and get a very clear view of why), how to use craft paper punches with aluminum cans for jewelry making, and to use nickels for soldering supports. Download your free recycled jewelry-making projects in our free tutorial and get started making these three artistic mixed-media recycled jewelry creations. Along with these free DIY jewelry ideas, you'll also receive a free membership to our community. Your membership provides you access to our free projects library (including even more free jewelry designs), our jewelry blogs, and our daily email newsletter with all sorts of tips, tricks and more free projects!

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Free and unusual jewelry supplies are all around you when you use recycled materials and found objects. They cost little or nothing, are better off in your supply bin than a landfill, and will make your jewelry anything but standard jewelry store fare. And as you think about how to transform your trash into treasure, you’ll find yourself moving in new and creative directions because every project will be different.

 

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Jewelry From Found Objects Project 1

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."


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Jewelry From Found Objects Project 2

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.


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Jewelry From Found Objects Project 3

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."


With informative tips and instructional projects on how to make upcycled jewelry, this free eBook will help make all of your designs a success!

The challenge and the promise of making recycled jewelry or found object jewelry is in seeing how special or interesting a piece of scrap could be, and then in devising ways to put it into jewelry that will look great and be comfortable and durable enough to wear. Here are free upcycled jewelry ideas and projects to help you get started. Gain insight into the wonderful design possibilities that come with learning how to make jewelry from recycled materials in this free tutorial + projects!

 

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