recycled jewellery making workshop

May 10, 2011 § 1 Comment

The other week I taught a recycled jewellery making workshop to a local craft group. It was the first big workshop I’ve done and it was hard – but fun! I thought I would share some photos with you of the group and of what people made.

People were asked to bring along any old, broken, or unwanted jewellery, and we supplied the basic findings and pliers. As you can see there was quite a lot of donations (and cups of tea).

After a short demonstration by me, showing people how to fix on fasteners for bracelets and necklaces, and make earrings using headpins, I let everyone have a go and experiment. This went down really well and people seemed to enjoy just delving in and making something different and unusual. All of the pieces below are created from recycled jewellery or beads.

A lovely purple and pale lilac long necklace using acrylic, wood and metal beads.

A fantastic ‘gothic’ necklace, earrings and bracelet set using pressed glass beads and recycled pendants.

A three-strand choker turned into a chunky bracelet and matching earrings.

Three lovely wooden, acrylic and glass bracelets (made by a lady for her partner and son – so neither of them felt left out!)

Pretty in pink necklace with tiny pink and white beads and recycled pink and chain dangles.

Fantastic dangly earrings using tiny acrylic pearls on headpins, wrapped discs and lengths of ball chain.

One side of a lovely bracelet created from half a giant diamante brooch, cord, lampwork glass bead and that beautiful mother of pearl pendant.

A bracelet using loads of colour, texture and materials with wrapped and knotted cords.

I thought that everyone who attended did amazingly well, especially as many of them hadn’t ever made jewellery before! I’m booked in to teach another class in Autumn as I’m pretty busy with my MA dissertation until then. Looking forward to it and hopefully will see even more fantastic creations!


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