Thursday, January 13, 2011

Upcycled Crystal Beads

Up cycling brings hope as a solid concept and solution for the many environmental dilemmas the earth currently faces. The idea of taking would-be garbage and reimagining, reusing and reinventing it is really quite a novel idea: the materials are free and in frightening abundance, there are (hypothetically) no unhealthy aftereffects for the earth, and consumers gain the satisfaction of reusing something potentially wasteful in a new and exciting context again.

In the photo above are two examples of necklaces that have up cycled beads.  The round clear crystal beads where originally part of a salvaged crystal chandelier.  They made a striking addition to my designs.

I'm anxiously waiting for a box of old broken jewelry from a friends plantation house attic.  Who knows what treasures can be up cycled from the discarded items.  I'll keep you posted!

UPDATE: the necklace on the left was just sold from my Etsy shop.  Yippeee!

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  1. They look great. Congrats on the sale!

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  3. Both of the necklaces are beautiful1

  4. They are very stylish and delicate.The up cycled beads do create a new look which is very nice and heart warming.Thanks for displaying the trendy and new fashions here.

  5. Nice work, and congrats on that Etsy sale ! Thanks for posting on my blog too.