I wish I knew more about the process used by this artist who transforms recycled CD’s into these wonderful works of art! Bracelets, earrings and necklaces in all kinds of shapes and colors. I looked for a tutorial, but didn’t find one ….if you know how she did it, please leave a url in the comments. These products are sold on Dawanda.com which seems to be an international Etsy-like site filled with crafters and artisans selling their unique or limited edition, handmade products.
5.00 € to 15.00 € at Whiteguppy’s Shop at Dawanda
Tonight I was looking for some inspiration and stumbled upon several artists creating recycled beads and necklaces specifically from recycled wool sweaters or blankets. Something about the bright colors combined with “fuzziness” provided some warm comfort on a sad lonely day. The first artist I came upon was from Argentina. Lua Chea specializes in eco-friendly accessories made from wool, threads and fabric remnants along with a few buttons thrown in. The fabrics are usually remnants and leftovers from textile manufacturers. Leather and suede is gathered from shoe, belt and purse factories. Their designs are beautiful and inspirational.
Available for sale at Ans Designs
This next artist (from Etsy) creates everything from bags, purses and mittens to fun holiday decorations. This item featured is what they came up with for the leftovers.
The colors caught my eye ..how couldn’t they? This is a garland made from wool scraps ready to decorate your window or bulletin board to remind you that life is happy and good!
$24.00 at MaddyAndMe’s Etsy Shop (check it out for lots of handmade knit felted wonderfulness!
This artist is working with many recycled materials, the wool felt being only one small component. I fell in love with several necklaces made up of many beautiful arrangements.
This etsy artist combines handmade felted wool beads with recycled vintage glass and plastic beads. Artful color and texture combinations!
$20.00 at ThreePeat’s Etsy Shop
This artist from the Netherlands, works with vintage woolen blankets and felted Merino wool. You can see more of her work over on Flickr – www.flickr.com/photos/kyroushka/
Prices range from $25.00 – $40.00 at Eexterhout’s Etsy Shop
This artist uses hand dyed salvaged wool that she then felts into these wild colorful necklaces. They look so simple but they have the ability to be the finishing item to pull the perfect outfit together.
$22.00 at MaisyandAlice’s Etsy Shop
Aren’t all these necklaces delicious? Interested in trying your hand on hacking up an old sweater and turning it into fashionable neckwear? During my travels, I found a few tutorials listed below:
Tutorials for making felt beads from recycled sweaters
- From The Hive and Rebecca Parsons>>
- Funky Felter’s Helpful Tips for Making Wool Felt Beads>>
- How to Make Felt Beads from WoollyFabulous – $4.00
These recycled button necklaces are simple and classy! Bring a little sparkle in to your day or evening with one stunning button at the end of a sterling silver chain. Bracelets are chock full of color, textures and shapes. This artist has a great eye for picking and choosing artsy combinations using her vintage button stash. These designs are perfect for creating a lasting personal statement. From the artist Cary Lopiccolo:
Necklace is $14.95 and bracelets are $14.95 at HeyCaryAnn’s Etsy Shop
I love to make recycled and eco friendly jewelry. I hate to throw away things, I stack them up. My grandma used to tell me that anything that is preserved and unused will find a use in twelve years. This has really worked for me!
Devi has her Etsy shop stocked full getting ready for the holidays. She has a whole array of eco friendly earrings, necklaces and rings made out of paper, hemp/jute and even recycled plastic straws. Perfect gift for yourself or your favorite treehugger.
Ring is $12.00 and necklace is $68.00 at HippieKingdom’s Etsy Shop
Creative use of upcycling sweaters. This designer has a nice eye for color and texture as she creates her sweater mashups!
$56.00 at Hillabalou’s Etsy Shop