The Era of recycling
Recycle You Old Jewelry
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I melt old sterling silver jewelry and make sheets of sterling silver which I then use in my creations. Or, I make forms and cast the sterling silver into these forms and make pendants like the sterling silver elephants in my shop. This can also be done with gold jewelry. I am always open to purchasing these items from others as well. This is why jewelry stores purchase gold and sterling silver jewelry, coins, etc. as well.
I also recycle the mailing envelopes, packaging, boxes, etc. so they don't go into the landfill and that saves my business money.
On a personal level I use heavy weight grocery shopping bags that are used over and over so I am not putting plastic bags in the landfill either. I often recycle newspaper and magazines as packing or I use the colored pictures to cut out decorative designs.
These are small ways in which I can help the planet and leave natural resources for future generations. What do you recycle?
Posted at 8:40 am Jun 1, 2012 EDT
Welcome to the team.I like your creations and your passion for recycling. I am happy to leave in a city where they care about recycling. We have a recycled pick up in our house twice a month.
I like to help the planet and we are helping us as well.
Have a nice day and thanks for enjoying the team.
Posted at 1:08 am Jun 4, 2012 EDT
you have very nice shop. I use old jewelry too, add some wool elements, few new details and create something new, like this:
Posted at 2:26 pm Jun 16, 2012 EDT
I basically use anything I can get my hands on, LOL.
I make jewelry from old computer keyboards, game pieces, found objects, beach glass, etc.
Posted at 11:02 am Jun 18, 2012 EDT
I create comic and patterned designs on bottle caps and turn them into earrings :)
Posted at 12:44 am Jun 25, 2012 EDT
I have considered myself a recycler for most of my life.In the 70s I did old jeans with patches and embroidery. It was just being a tree hugging hippie back then:) I have owned an antique shop for 25 years now. I consider that the ultimate recycling. I started recycling before anyone even spoke the word recycle. I shop at thrift stores and goodwills for clothing. I wear more designer lables than most and never pay over 7 bucks for them. A wash and their good to go, When I find something great and it does not fit me I pass it on through my shop.Promoting recycling to others. I hope The trickle down effect is making a difference.
Posted at 12:57 am Jun 25, 2012 EDT
I've always been thrifty! I'm trying to find ways to use up things that don't recycle easily- at least not in my community. My latest creation is made from those foil coffee bags. I drink a TON of coffee so I have 2 trash bags full!
I have made hanging planters from them by folding the opening down to the bottom and poking holes in it. Then I took some dead Christmas lights that I untangled (!) and some metal nuts. I strung 2 wires through the backside and secured it using knots and nuts. I used 5 bags and made 4 sets, so I have 20 new planters that take up a 6" by 3 foot space!
I was worried that the ph from the coffee would affect the plants, but it hasn't. I planted lettuce and it worked beautifully! These are best for shallow root plants like lettuce and herbs. I think it would be ok for 1 or 2 flowers or a spider plant or something.
I was inspired by those bottle planters that are floating around Pinterest, but I don't drink soda.
So 20 bags used up, 180 to go ;-)
Posted at 11:51 am Jun 27, 2012 EDT