Thursday, October 7, 2010
The concept of "Upcycling"
1.) Old bottle caps and pop tabs.
I really enjoy taking old bottle caps and turning them into interesting jewelry pieces as well as magnets and coasters. I myself use resin and confetti or other "found objects" to do this. I have seen other artists simply use paper print out and glue. The sky is really the limit.
I have also seen other artists, such as Cindy's Creative Crochet, using pop tabs to create new and fun
2.) Vintage costume jewelry bits and pieces.
This is hands down my very favorite kind of thing to upcycle. I love to buy and use old vintage costume jewelry pieces in my newer designs. For example, this sim
ple bracelet was made by taking this old vintage milk glass neck
and adding in czech glass beads and findings in my normal stock. Lovely, simple and upcycled. I've done LOTS of pieces like this and
they are some of my best sellers.
So, whatever you choose to recycle or "upcycle", be it old clothing, vintage pictures, pop cans, bottles... have fun with it! Everything has the potential for creative rebirth in the right hands!