Now this is something I have been wanting to do for a long time ! I am so excited it came out beautiful. I wanted to create jewelry from recycled materials. My first necklace I used a bottle cap from a soda I had for lunch one day. For the longest time I thought it was a hard process, but once I practiced a few times I was ready to create lots of pieces. The first thing you have to do is find the material you want to use. I chose a bottle cap. Then you make a hole in the material. I used anything with a sharp point and a rubber mallet. Place the sharp point where you want the hole to be made. Second use the rubber mallet to pound the sharp object through the material. If your need help with holding the piece use clamps to hold down your material. Once you have a hole you can use wire or string to attach your material to it. I chose an 18 gauge wire, then strung my beads on and added a toggle clasp. The possibilities are limitless. You just have to remember not to put the materials you want to use in the recycling bin. Can’t wait to show you more of my creations in these next upcoming weeks.
One of my passions is making my own creations. I love to experiment with materials, styles, and pieces of jewelry that are not conventional. I wanted to make a cuff bracelet because I like chunky jewelry. I purchased a pack of plain cuff bracelet slates from the craft store. I formed the metal over my arm to give it it’s shape. Then I gathered all my beads and arranged them on the metal strip. Once I knew where I wanted my beads I used an epoxy glue that bonds metal surfaces (527 Multipurpose Glue). I clamped down the the beads on the sides so they would stay in place. I let the glue dry overnight. Once the beads were on, I wanted to finish off the sharp edges. On one bracelet I used some left over fabric. And on the other one I used some leather cord remnants. If you prefer not to use glue for any reason, I suggest wire wrapping.
This is a good project if you want to use recycled plastic pieces, old beads that you didn’t use in another project. Or perhaps broken and cracked beads that you normally would throw away. Choosing to use those materials are great, because if a mistake is made you will not be too concerned about it. My next project is making the entire bracelet from old plastic bottle pieces. I really can not wait to see how it turns out. Stay tuned to see more.