Posts Tagged ‘recycled art’

I’ve finally settled in, in fact I’ve gone off at a good pace.  After returning home to the U.S. I have approached a couple of boutiques and I have been selling wholesale.  I am working with old watch and clock pieces, I am very inspired by some local steampunk groups. 

I am also very inspired as the clock ticks down on an Ebay auction… remember the budget, remember the budget….

Actually it’s been a good learning experience for me.  I’ve never had to work so hard to make sure that my cost and margins were so tightly under control.  I’ve also never worked in such a way, batches of jewelry to try to make sure I’m paying my self a reasonable hourly wage.

I also pay close attention to what else in the boutiques are selling, and I ask lots of questions.  Shop owners are different, some will tell you too much and some have no desire to enlighten the potential competition.

Below are some of my new line, enjoy!


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I was so impressed when I stumbled across julienjaborska’s Etsy store.  The store’s name is Rebicyclist and this upcycling artist does belts, keychains and coasters.  What a great idea, turn those useless old bike tires into something useful and stylish. 
My favorite belts are the chunky road tire type, I think they’d be an edgy statement in the workplace.

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When I was searching Etsy today for someone new to spotlight, I entered ‘upcycled’ into the search engine and was so impressed to find these works by KD.  The green circle bracelet is so elegant and then looking through her store I found some lovely earrings as well. 
ArtworkbyKD also has some very fun and quirky flower rings as well.  Her shop is worth a second look, or third or fourth, enjoy.

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I love Jane Austin and this is my version of a period costume.  She is an art doll I displayed at an Embassy Art show this last weekend.   I call her Still in Rags.  Her outfit is complete upcycled upholstery and drapery fabric.  I did a lot of hand sewing to fit it to her and add the wonderful ruffles.

Upcycled Art Doll

Upcycled Art Doll

I also used my heat gun to melt the fabric into the interesting shapes in her skirt.

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The magazine is out.  I love the photos that Stampington took and included, the doll looks so nice!  I was flattered to be asked to include the doll in the Artist’s Emporium as well.  If you’d like to purchase her and make a nice donation to Art for Heart a portion of the proceeds will go to charity.

Thank you all for your visits, your kind comments, I feel very blessed.

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I’m so excited!  We’ve been at this for almost a year, in that spirit I thought I’d do kind of a recap.  Here are my favorite ways to reuse, repurpose or recycle.  Enjoy!  And as always, please send photos or comments – we love them!!!

Cardboard – Draw on it, paint it, or cut it down.  Use as a substitute for chipboard or wood in your art.

T-Shirts – Cut down old, stained or ill-fitting shirts into ribbons. Crochet a rug, knit a scarf, or even wrap the scraps up to make little birds or other amigurami.

Wool Sweaters – Save or collect thrift store wool to make Christmas ornaments, soft animals or applique.

recycled wool sweater monster

recycled wool sweater monster

Jeans – Even when the fit or color doesn’t suit anymore jeans can be used.  Try tacking them down on a piece of burlap or old towel to make a warm, soft bathroom rug.  Jean is great as a backing fabric for mini quilts or mini ATC cards.

Aluminum Cans – Cut the cans into flat rectangles and wash – heavy gloves are a must.  When dry, trace butterfly or bug outlines, circles and squares over interesting patterns or colors.  Cut and attach to walls, furniture, punch holes and decorate a light or make jewelry.

Upholstery Samples – Embellish with stitching, applique, embroidery.  Use little scraps to make unique jewelry; add a few grommets and you’re on the way.

Buttons – Inherited from grandma, picked up from the thrift store or harvested from your old clothes.  Paint, draw or glitter for interesting embellishments to hats, shoes or jewelry.  Buttons make great eyes for wool or felt monsters.

Baby Clothes – They can be very expensive and so easily stained but needn’t be discarded.  If staining is minimal consider some simple applique to cover stains.  Heavily soiled items can be cut into ribbons and used much the same way as t-shirts.

Books – Picked up for pennies, the pages make a great background for ATCs or collage; I even use them as part of my jewelry packaging.   If you want to make the type a little more subdued, just try a single coat of gesso paint.

Junk Mail – Create collage, cut and glue into hanging stars; my girls don’t need coloring books with all the paper we get in the mail.  We’ve even sent out Christmas cards in junk mail envelopes.

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A few weeks ago I was surfing around Etsy, which is what I do when I’m procrastinating about my messy house or the dishes that still haven’t been washed, or the blogging I’ve not gotten around to.  Anyway, I do this alot and I have a new favorite recycling artist.  His shop is Dank Artistry and I want to be his new best friend.

I looked through his site and ended up with a long list of all the rings and bracelets I wanted and then I remembered a very unsucessful little foray into spoon rings during college.

My mother gave me some spoons to work with, they belonged to my Grandma.  They were those lovely Reed and Barton flower dessert spoons.  Well I made my mom and sister a couple of key rings and then I attempted to make a bracelet for my self.  After a very messy solder joint and some damage to the silver plating I had a bracelet that I’ve worn no more than a dozen times since (yeah that was 10 years ago).

Well thanks to the power of Alchemy I asked Dank to help me  fix the mess I’d made all those years ago.  And today I received the finished pictures of his work… I am speachless, he made them sparkle, they look so pretty and I will be able to wear them, and now I have two little rings that I can pass on to my two little daughters.

Please visit his site, and if you’ve the inclination – give him some business.  He’s very talented and friendly, the communication was excellent, and his prices are wonderfully reasonable.

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