Repurpose / Recycle

Recently I came into possession of my Grandmother’s old, mostly inexpensive, jewelry. My goal is to repurpose / recycle most of it by combining as much as possible with hand made art beads and pendants. Here is my first attempt:

Original necklace with shell chips, ~3mm plastic rounds, 8mm round wood beads and aluminum bead caps.

Finished necklace includes all original components (except the clasp) with addition of 5mm wood rounds, iridescent amber seed beads, copper chain and toggle, while featuring a Virginia Miska pendant.

Leave us a post about your adventures repurposing / recycling – this is gonna be fun!

– Elaine

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7 Comment

  1. *melanie* earthenwood studio
    September 10, 2007 at 2:44 pm

    Wow, what a big difference, Elaine! This is a great post, and it inspires me to look at all the old garage sale bead necklaces I have been given, to try some repurposing of my own!

  2. christine - handpaintedbeads
    September 11, 2007 at 12:45 am

    Jenni Pagano is doing some pretty cool jewelry which uses recycled sweater felt. You all should check it out – the colors are just lovely:


    If that link doesn’t work, her Etsy ID is:



  3. pagano designworks
    September 11, 2007 at 2:16 am

    Thanks for the nice comment Christine! This is a wonderful site…I’ve never seen it before. So much talent shown here!

  4. Elaine Ray
    September 11, 2007 at 2:18 am

    Christine – I have never even heard of recycling wool sweaters this way, very cool! Thanks for sharing this technique and the eye candy with us.

    – Elaine

  5. Leslie
    September 11, 2007 at 2:08 pm

    Elaine, the necklace looks great! I didn’t realize there was such a thing as aluminum bead caps. I’ll have to go take a look at my old stuff.

  6. Elaine Ray
    September 11, 2007 at 4:00 pm

    Thanks for the compliment. Wish I could tell you more about the bead caps – but I have no idea. Good luck looking through your piles – I bet you find some real treasures there!

    – Elaine

  7. BorneoDiva
    March 19, 2008 at 5:07 am

    Very beautiful elaine! you should sell it on ebay!

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