Posts Tagged ‘recycled jewelry’

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’ve been listing new things on Etsy and since I like putting lots of pictures in my posts I thought for today I’d do a post with very little content and a whole lot of pictures. Enjoy – oh and if you like jewelry made from recycled materials – come shop at Beautiful Garbage.




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Ok, so I had enough of this little piece of fabric to make 4 tiny little squares… I love this fabric so much, I did a few little peek-a-boo squares with some netting and then added a few rosebuds, I wish I had more of this fabric.  Oh well, this is the downside of working with found or recycled materials – once the sometimes small piece is used up that’s it – time to move on.

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To celebrate the return to health and pass on some good karma, Let’s have a Give Away!

Please add a comment to this entry by March 1, 2008 and I’ll let my little computer draw a random name. I’ll drop you an e-mail asking for your address or PO box if you are the winner!  Please don’t add more than your name and e-mail address to the blog – nobody likes to get more spam. If you’d rather, send me an e-mail at thisrecycledlife@gmail.com titled Give-Away before the deadline with your name and e-mail address.

What am I giving away? Well how bout a classy little charm bracelet with some pretty little flowers and tarnished pearl all of your very own.


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I’ve got boutique visits going on… more of that to come! Wouldn’t it be exciting if they loved my stuff and were interested in helping me pay off my student loans??? What a dream… A friend got me the opportunities and I was really inspired when I wrote up my letter of introduction. I’ve also had a lot of traffic this week, and many warm fuzzy comments from people at the last show and here at the site. I am flying pretty high these days, thank you all who’ve commented or sent me e-mails.

If you are new and you wanna check out what turned out to be the most popular posts to date, click one of the titles below.

Cutting Down T-shirts
New Life for Recycled Shoes
Grandma’s Lace
Recycling T-shirts New Hat
Recycling Business Cards

So now you’re wondering what the one step backward is, well we’ve had the flu for about a week now, every single one of us and I was so happy and excited to get dressed and get the girls ready and go to Borders you just can’t believe. I wandered around for over an hour, gathered up a stack of arty magazines and a couple of bargain books and found the funniest little book on Peeps (you know those marshmellow treats). We didn’t end up buying anything, I’m so cheap it makes me giggle… but it was nice to see the sky and then it was nice to get back home.

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Here’s a few other pictures of the stuff for the show…



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Tarnished Bracelet Detail

I had a little fun at the thrift store the other day, I bought a few cheap little necklaces and broke them down for the raw materials.  I made up a couple of little tarnished charm bracelets with the pieces and a few other little bits and pieces.

Using the chains as a basis for the charm bracelet I added some of the upholstery charms, a couple of mother of pearl buttons, and some of the fun little metallic beads from a really bad graduated bead necklace.  I like the tarnished look, it would work well for an everyday piece of jewelry.

One of the best things about this project, the cost of the necklaces was a few bucks, not nearly what it would have cost to purchase materials from the craft store…

Tarnished Bracelet

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