Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Week 4: Rad Recycled Jewelry

I can't believe it's been a week since I've posted! To be fair though, things are pretty busy and exciting these past days since the site is officially launched. I am packaging/shipping website orders, designing and fulfilling custom orders, and exploring the next steps for ecocessories!

This week I am featuring three small but stunning items that I found in my recycled jewelry stash and cleaned up to incorporate into new jewelry and accessories!

Of interest first is this sterling silver ring. This ring came to me in a package from Toronto, Ontario. A woman had a need to recycle jewelry, so she did a Google search and found out about ecocessories' recycling services. We got in touch and she sent me a small bag of goodies! I reimbursed her shipping costs - I get new inspiration, she has an easy eco-friendly solution for her unwanted jewelry.

I think I'll probably start by removing the inscription from inside. I just invested in a new tool - a Fordom (similar, but better than, a Dremol) and I think I'd be able to use it to make some interesting designs in this recycled sterling silver ring!

Next is the recycled silver blossom. This flower was a vintage clip-on earring in its former life. The sparkle in the bud caught my eye and I knew I could modernize this beautiful antique component! I have already recycled the blossom into a new piece - the "Earth Angel Neck Cowl" as the focal button! This neck cowl is one of a kind and sure to be a cherished handmade possession. Buy it here!

Finally, I adore this bright pink pendant. I plan on simple stringing this on a sterling silver chain that has been given some added character with hand formed sterling silver shapes and recycled beads.

I would love to receive your recycled jewelry - contact me to let me know it's coming, and I'll reimburse your shipping charges when it arrives!

3 comments:

  1. The pink pendant was mine!! The necklace it was on broke, but it was lovely! I hope someone else gets to enjoy it too!

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  2. That is wicked news Ash! I decided to make you wait until closer to your b-day for your package... now good thing I did.

    Since your recycled jewelry was featured in my "Rad Recycled Jewelry" collections, I'm going to reward you for inspiring me by including a free pair of earrings in your package!

    Cheers!

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  3. I also have many unwanted pieces, most are pearls and metals. I send the pearls as gifts to friends or relatives or just melting the metal and shape into a new style! I only pay the cost of craft works and get a totally new pieces! I suggest you do so. Gold Buyer

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