Lourdes Robles' Profile

About

A little about me:
I am an artist and performer from Puerto Rico, who is currently residing in New York City. I am, by nature, a very curious person, and I love to explore and discover new and interesting things. Most of all, though, what I love to do is to find new ways to take old ideas and things and give them brand new meanings and forms. When I see an object, I don't just see that object, but a whole new world of possibilities for it!

Why I started my shop:
Before I started on Etsy, or even knew about it, I started making rings as a hobby. I was, and still am, a big fan of jewelry and accessories, but could never find anything unique that was comfortable to wear. I would by rings only to have them resized several times and still have them feel uncomfortable. I would start the day with a gorgeous ring and end up having to take it off! By pure coincidence,…

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  • Joined January 2, 2011

Favorite materials

upcycled materials, soft plastic polymers, wood, pins, buttons, elastic thread, beads, unique odd finds

About

A little about me:
I am an artist and performer from Puerto Rico, who is currently residing in New York City. I am, by nature, a very curious person, and I love to explore and discover new and interesting things. Most of all, though, what I love to do is to find new ways to take old ideas and things and give them brand new meanings and forms. When I see an object, I don't just see that object, but a whole new world of possibilities for it!

Why I started my shop:
Before I started on Etsy, or even knew about it, I started making rings as a hobby. I was, and still am, a big fan of jewelry and accessories, but could never find anything unique that was comfortable to wear. I would by rings only to have them resized several times and still have them feel uncomfortable. I would start the day with a gorgeous ring and end up having to take it off! By pure coincidence, a coworker who was retiring gave me some stretchy thread and a bunch of color changing beads. Her only condition was that I make one for her. I took it all home and started working on right away. I then realized that I had all this old traditional jewelry that I never used. I started taking it apart playing with it and making bracelets. Suddenly, it occurred to me, why not try making rings that are fashionable and unique, but also comfortable to wear? So I did. And the more I did, the more I found materials around my apartment that would make great rings. I had beads and gems, but also non-traditional items like toys, pins and bottle caps. I also realized that I didn't have to use all new materials (therefore adding to the waste problem) but I could recycle items that were being no longer used. I found ever more imaginative ways to use things around the house that had previously no use.

I made so many rings, that at one point I had enough to wear one new ring per day for two weeks! I started giving them away to friends and family who kept telling me how much they liked them. I even made one for a friend's birthday. My youngest sister alone took about five or six at one point, and I still kept making more. A friend even suggested that I sell them, but I had no idea how to go about doing this.

Finally, I learned about Etsy. An place where I could share (and hopefully make some money from) things that I already loved to do anyway. And this is how my Etsy life began: looking for a unique and creative form of comfort.

Thanks for stopping by, and happy shopping/ selling to you!

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