When the folks at Cornerstone Center for the Arts asked me what kind of classes I want to teach this fall, I decided on upcycled jewelry for one of my options.  Using discarded items to create something new and beautiful is a really exciting idea.  After all, my most successful projects in school where in the realm of found object art.

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2007 Senior Project Play Time’s Over  

So with the idea of discarded materials becoming jewelry, I set out to explore my new medium.  I plan to work with paper too, but mostly this week I have been looking at plastic and making a bunch of earrings.

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Medicine Bottle

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I started by breaking out my jeweler’s saw and cutting up an old medicine bottle to create these earrings.

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I wanted to find some simple beauty in the material so I started playing with geometric shapes, mostly rectangles.

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Pepsi, anyone?

Theses might be my favorite pair of earrings that I have made so far.  Super light and comfy, and the translucent quality is pretty cool.

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Just a bit of Sprite, please.

I also really dug this simple and beautiful pair.

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Once I realized, oh, I guess I should make something other than earrings, I did this:

IMG_5888Its a bracelet, but I think this combo of plastic and metal would work well as a necklace too.

I did play with heat and the plastic too, but nothing completed from there.

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So now the question becomes, which of these do you like?  Would you want to see a tutorial on any of these?  I plan for these and many other samples to be available at my upcycled jewelry class as ideas and to walk through the “how-to portion”. And eventually these items will be available at my Etsy shop.

My next explorations will be in paper, fabric, and found object.  Stay tuned!

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