Many materials used for beaded jewelry are made from metal, plastic, glass, wood, or clay. For instance, beads may be made from glass or plastic, while findings and wire are crafted from metal. However, there are other unusual materials that make for great beaded jewelry.
If you are low on budget and you need an eye-catching piece of jewelry for a special occasion, jewelry made from recycled material just might do the trick. Making jewelry from other items will only need a little bit of your imagination and designing ideas. Exploring your house for potential items that can be turned into jewelry will help you enhance your creative insights.
Here are some items that can be potentially made into jewelry.
1. Paper – Pages of old magazines and newspapers can easily be used for jewelry making; you can make the paper sheets into rolled paper beads.
To make rolled paper beads, you'll need pages from an old magazine, glue, a ruler, a toothpick, a pen, a length of thread, and clear varnish. The first thing to do is to draw triangles on the magazine pages you intend to use. Cut the triangles out and tightly roll each paper triangle around the middle of a toothpick. Once each bead is completely rolled up, slip the toothpick out and use a small amount of glue to keep the bead tightly rolled up.
Slide the finished beads onto a length of string and coat them with at least two coats of varnish. Let the beads dry for a couple of days; once dry, the beads are ready for use in beaded jewelry.
Rolled paper beads are a great alternative to traditional beads. By using colorful magazine pages, you can produce wonderful paper beads for any type of beaded accessory.
2. Wine bottle corks – The corks used as stoppers for wine bottles can also be made into jewelry. Because of a cork's soft structure, it can easily be carved and made into pendants for necklaces. You can easily make cork stoppers into beads just by cutting a stopper into cubes and poking a hole through the center of each cube.
3. Broken glass bottles – You'll need to learn the basics of glass forging and manipulation to make beads out of broken glass and ceramics. Your efforts will pay off, though, when you produce beautiful glass beads perfect for bracelets and necklaces.
4. Old buttons – Buttons also have a great potential for use in beaded jewelry. Buttons usually come in a wide range of colors and designs, and most of these already come with holes through which string can be inserted. Buttons can make for wonderful accessories with a vintage, funy look.
5. Broken pieces of jewerly – If you can make jewelry from other items, why not make jewelry from broken pieces of jewelry? All you need is a piece of nylon thread. Use old clasps, beads, findings, and pendants to make a new piece of jewelry.
To make jewelry from recycled materials, you'll need the tools most commonly used in making jewelry. Tools such as pliers, tweezers, needles, thread, wire, hammer, anvil, torches, drills, and a center punch may be useful. Also, don't forget to wear eye protection and gloves when working with broken glass, since bits of the glass may fly off during the heating process.
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