Thoughts on Thursday: Eco-friendly jewelry making

10 Jan 2013

It's time (again) to raid the recycle bins and see what inspires!

While paging through back issues of Cloth Paper Scissors, I came upon some fun jewelry made from recycled items: beer caps and metal tins. Cool idea!


In the November/December 2011 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Laura Ryan uses beer caps (yes, beer caps) as the base for these unique beads. Add some paper ephemers, UTEE®, some tiny beads, and you're on your way to that happy place.

Karen Wellman used colorful tin cans for this whimsical heart pendant in the May/June 1012 issue. A felt backing, some stitching, and some tiny beads finish it off.

What's better than a new piece of jewelry to brighten your outfit  . . . or your mood?

Worried that you don't have the skills or tools to make jewelry? It's time to take a look at our new Mixed-Media Metalsmith column with Jen Cushman. 

In this column, introduced in the January/February 2013 issue of Cloth Paper Scissors, Jen talks about a tool or tools, explains how to use it/them, and then teaches readers how to make a piece of jewelry.

Yes, you can!

Make these fun earrings after learning about pliers with Jen in the Jan/Feb issue.  

Something new and fun in every issue! Don't miss Jen's article on Cutting Tools in the March/April issue!

Have fun. And don't foget to share your creations in the Reader Gallery on the community.



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on 1 May 2013 3:03 AM

Did you know you can turn a piece of metal into a component for wearable art ? All it takes to make jewelry from found objects are some common mixed-media art supplies, some metal found objects or pre-made blanks, and a few basic techniques.

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on 9 Nov 2013 1:41 PM

LOL, I think it's funny that the metal caps are automatically referred to as 'beer caps.' I am assuming cola and ginger ale caps will suffice~~~?