Monday, March 30, 2009

Jewelry Recycling Guide: How to recycle jewelry with ecocessories

My fiancé and I have partnered to develop this beautiful brochure that is a quick guide to recycling jewelry with ecocessories.

If you've ever wanted more details about recycling jewelry, download this easy pamphlet. If you've ever wanted to tell someone else about my jewelry recycling services, email them this link: http://issuu.com/soshall/docs/jewelry_recycling_guide



It was the perfect time to develop these brochures because I am going to have them printed to hand out at the market this Saturday. ecocessories will have a table at the Blue North Festival of Art & Sustainability. If you are out and about in North Vancouver - come by John Braithwaite between 10am and 2pm.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Blue North Festival of Art and Sustainable Culture

I'm so excited! ecocessories has been accepted to the Blue North Festival of Art and Sustainable Culture. It is next Saturday here in North Vancouver. If you are in the Vancouver area, you have to come to this intimate event. Please visit my Facebook Page to confirm you're attending!

Approximately 25 tables will be set up at this indoor market at John Braithwaite Community Centre at Lower Lonsdale. A mixture of artisans, eco-friendly non-profits, art groups and social services will be present with everything from African baskets, healing crystals, to Finnish fabrics; this eclectic group is sure to inspire your creativity.

I'll have a table set up and will be selling my handmade jewelry created with sterling silver and recycled beads. I will also be accepting jewelry for recycling. If you've been waiting for a chance to recycle jewelry and meet the artist behind ecocessories in person - now's your chance!

Can you make it? Remember to visit my Facebook Page to confirm!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

On Saturday March 28, 2009 a global movement is taking place. It's a simple notion that everyone can participate in - turning out the lights. Just one person can make a difference. Watch this video to prepare for Earth Hour 2009!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Spring 2009 Eco Fashion Line from ecocessories

If you've visited my virtual table over at the Poppytalk Handmade Market, you've seen that I've just published the beginning of my new line of sterling silver jewelry made from recycled beads for Spring 2009! I do hope to be creating and posting my handmade jewelry more frequently now, especially because that's what my readers are asking for in my survey. I'm asking for feedback about ecocessories.ca - have you completed it yet? Tell me your thoughts!

I thought it would be fun to tell you about some of my new designs, so this is the first of a series of posts. First is the "Indian Foil Necklace". I tried something a bit different with this design and really challenged my silversmithing skills. I started out with sterling silver wire which I wrapped into various sized circles. I soldered each of these circles to form a closed hoop, and hammered the circles for strength. I then lined each circle up and soldered them side by side to create the stunning focal point for this necklace. Reinforced with wrapped 24 gauge sterling silver at the joints, this gorgeous necklace is a piece of art to be treasured.

The beads that I used for this necklace were from a woman who recycled jewelry right here in North Vancouver. As she parted ways with what originally looked like some pirate booty, she hoped I could at least make use of the beads! It was a gift from a travelling friend, and so not her style. Well I was impressed - the vibrant colours of these transluscent beads sparkle from embedded foil. It truly is an example of how beautiful something is when you appreciate all its individual parts!

Let me know what you think of the "Indian Foil Necklace", and about recycling jewelry in general! Can you relate, do you have old jewelry you are hanging on to just because it was a gift?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Part 2: Necklace Organizer made from Cutlery Tray

If you haven't already read part one, check out the steps to design this project here.

It is finally complete! I started this design a week or so ago and was missing a key piece - the knobs! After trying a handful of ways to create knobs, I finally found ones that were perfect. Only they were on the closet doors of my house. My fiance made me a deal - I can use the knobs, but I had to replace the ones on the doors first!!

Fair enough - these stunning vintage brass knobs were too good to pass by. See how well they complete this project's design?

See the complete photo album here on my Flickr, or on my Facebook. And while you are visiting me on Facebook, please become a fan!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Poppytalk Handmade Market

I am so excited. I am timing the debut of my Spring 2009 line of jewelry at the same time as the launch of the Greep Pop market that I am participating in at Poppytalk Handmade. This month's market features only handmade eco-friendly goods and goes live on Monday, March 16, 2009!

According to their site: "Poppytalk Handmade is a monthly online street market curated by Poppytalk to showcase, buy and sell handmade goods of emerging design talent from around the world."

This means I get 12 product listings at PoppytalkHandmade.com. Visitors go to the online market to have a one stop shop for amazing online retailers of handmade goods and then they'll see my sterling silver jewelry made with recycled beads. Or maybe they will read my profile and want to learn how to recycle jewelry. Either way - they will click a link and end up at http://ecocessories.ca where they can purchase the item! It's going to be great to draw some new readers to the blog and shoppers to the site!

Not to mention I feel extremely privileged to have my goods included with all these other incredible sellers. Check out what is listed today, so you know what it will be like when ecocessories is listed.

Have you heard of Poppytalk Handmade before? Let me know in the comments below!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Website Feedback Survey

I would so appreciate you taking a moment to complete my survey.

It should only take a few minutes and would really help let me know which areas of my website need improvement as I prepare to launch my Spring 2009 line of jewelry!

The earrings featured here are the "Heavenly Dangle Earrings". They are made using a mixture of recycled gold and sterling silver. The mixed metal look is so in right now and the colours in these earrings really pop for the warm spring weather - I just know its coming soon!

Monday, March 2, 2009

ecocessories Feature at Granville Online

I am excited to invite you to visit an incredible website that is rich with content about living sustainably in the city. Granville Online features an array of content that talks about how to live green in many aspects of life - from what sports you choose, how to get fair trade certification, to what exactly is so terrible about plastic.


Recycling jewelry is another way to live sustainably, so eco-fashion editor, Davinia, visited me at my home studio a few weeks ago to learn about ecocessories and my one of a kind designs. Read her kind words here!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Necklace Organizer Made From Cutlery Tray

I have been dying to do this project ever since I blogged about it way back in October. I was passing through a local store a few weeks ago and saw the perfect birch silverware tray and my mind was instantly churning with ideas to turn it into a necklace organizer!


Now since ecocessories jewelry is sterling silver (which tarnished when exposed to air pollutants), this will really only be OK for beaded jewelry - but if I get really motivated I will finish it off with a glass panel... we'll see!


Here's the materials... most are recycled, left over scraps from other projects including the paper paint and hardware.


The first thing I did was paint the tray a nice rich chocolate brown colour. This would have been super fast if I had one of those tiny rollers, so I'm going to note that for next time!


After letting the paint dry, I measured the inner width of all the spaces to calculate the length and width of each green paper. Using my trusty paper cutter (honestly one of the best tools I've invested in!!) I sliced and diced the exact paper with nice clean edges to easily wallpaper the inside of the tray.


I used an old paintbrush to paint Modge Podge on the inside of the tray, but you could really just use white glue. When I put the paper down I made sure to press from the center to the outside edges so that no air bubbles got stuck under the paper.


I then drilled holes where the pegs and a rod would go across the top horizontal space. Unfortunately my precut dowels were not going to be of use because when I went to screw in from the back of the tray, the dowels split! This put the entire project on hold, but it looks amazing. Tomorrow I'm going to head over to the thrift store to find vintage knobs to use instead. Come back and visit later this week for the finished product! Oh the joys of DIY living!

What do you think so far? Leave me a comment below!