3 separate bracelets I was not happy with become one
I hate to throw out pieces of wire, scraps of metal sheet and anything that seems useful in any way at all. Of course this can get out of hand and can end up with mountains of junk, but every now and then I filter through the heap and find some gems (not literally).
I’ve made dangles for earrings out of discarded metal sheet,
charms out of leftover wire, rings and “new” bracelets out of several, abandoned sections of wire. I’ve even made bird house parts and garden charms from reclaimed metal and wire!
A small piece of bronze wire shaped into a cross
A small piece of copper metal becomes a flower ring
Small piece of recycled copper formed into a leaf
A bracelet section cut into 2 sections became earring parts
Formally a brooch, this became a bracelet
A small, textured and stamped piece of reclaimed copper became a rustic cross
A circle from a section of leftover copper sheet formed into a flower and colored with Gilders Paste
I could show you a dozen more photos, and needless to say, I don’t believe in a disposable world. Even glass jars, bottles, cans and containers of all kinds including Chinese food containers get reused in my home.
I don’t mean to sound like the character, Fred Sanford from the old sitcom “Sanford and Son” (if you’re old enough to remember), but it is true about one mans’ trash.
I'm Zoraida and I design and create handmade, one of a kind jewelry. My work is inspired by the art of ancient world cultures that have endured the shifting trends of fashion.
I prefer to work in copper and semi precious gemstones but also appreciate fine lamp work beads, wood and other artistically crafted materials.
Please visit my studio at http://zoraida.artfire.com and my website at http://zoraidajewelry.com
I admit, I am old enough to remember “Sanford and Son”. I, too, reuse everything that I can. I rarely will throw something out before looking at it carefully to see if it has some other use. And, if I can’t use it, but it’s too good for the trash, then it goes to the Salvation Army. (I’ve never done a yard sale.)
Love your saves! I especially love that wire cross. It’s simple and beautiful.
Thank you, Tela! I’ve never done a yard sale either.
Really great article. Would love to see bird house pieces.
Thanks, Donna. Someday I’ll go through my million photos and post a birdhouse piece.
Zoraida ~ I love each and every piece you’ve shown here! I never tire of seeing what new ideas you are coming up with. You truly astound me!
Thank so much, Diane. You create such beautiful jewelry yourself, I’m honored!
Wonderful inspiring pieces once again, thank you!
Thank you, Plamena!!
Beautiful… 3Rs are groovy (yes, I’m definitely old enough LOL)
Thank you, Moinique !
They’re all beautiful! Very creative ingenuity. I love how you reuse scraps and transform them into a work of art 🙂
Thanks so much, Sam!
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Beautiful pieces indeed!!! I love to reuse or recycle items. I probably even take it a bit to far as I love using light bulbs and (get ready for it) toilet tissue holders. I’m quirky but I love it….it so helps my artistic side. ^_^
Thank you, Regina! I can see uses for toilet tissue holders. They make good racks to display bracelets too. Even the cardboard from toilet tissue can be rolled in peanut butter and bird seed with a wire running through it to hand in a tree. Creative people are awesome and ingenious.
Nothing goes to waste in your studio! These pieces are doubly creative — once for the work that you originally made and then again for the beautiful pieces from the “leftovers”. 😉
Thanks so much for the lovely compliment, Sally !!
I love your approach to your work and the pieces themselves are beautiful!
Thank you so much, Rose! I love all the natural, earthy creations you produce. I hope to go back to growing my herbs when we move upstate, NY. I have always loved all things related to natural health.
Simply inspirational!!! Will share this post on social media!! Pearl
Thank you so much, Pearl. I love all the posts on your blog. You provide and endless variety of talents, ideas, tutorials and knowledge 🙂