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TruePartnersInCraft

True Partners In Craft: Recycled Bicycle Jewelry

Chicago, Illinois · 186 Sales

TruePartnersInCraft

True Partners In Craft: Recycled Bicycle Jewelry

Chicago, Illinois 186 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(53)

Announcement   Welcome to True Partners in Craft on Etsy! Everything you see is made out of recycled bicycle inner tubes and is 100% vegan - so vegan that many of these tubes came from bicycles ridden by vegans. If you are interested in beautiful jewelry made from faux feathers or leather, we've got it. Not a vegan? Don't worry: recycled inner tube looks good on meat eaters too. There is a surprising amount of diversity in the thickness, shape and texture of bicycle inner tubes making each piece unique.

I love making custom orders and revisiting old favorites, so please contact me for modifications big and small or for items in the sold section that aren't currently listed.

Announcement

Welcome to True Partners in Craft on Etsy! Everything you see is made out of recycled bicycle inner tubes and is 100% vegan - so vegan that many of these tubes came from bicycles ridden by vegans. If you are interested in beautiful jewelry made from faux feathers or leather, we've got it. Not a vegan? Don't worry: recycled inner tube looks good on meat eaters too. There is a surprising amount of diversity in the thickness, shape and texture of bicycle inner tubes making each piece unique.

I love making custom orders and revisiting old favorites, so please contact me for modifications big and small or for items in the sold section that aren't currently listed.

Alexis Ellers

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Alexis Ellers

Vegan Feather Bike Tube Earrings
$20.00
Vegan Feather Bike Tube + Arrow Earrings
$28.00
Vegan Feather Bike Tube Necklace
$26.00
Fringe Bike Tube Earrings
$20.00
Fringe Bike Tube Earrings on Hoops
$26.00
Strand Bike Tube Cuff Bracelet
$20.00
Large Petal Bike Tube Bib Necklace
$50.00
Small Petal Bike Tube Bib Necklace
$40.00
Triangle Bike Tube Bib Necklace
$40.00
Big Triangle and Chain Necklace
$28.00
Vegan Feather Bike Tube Earrings on Hoop
$26.00
Fringe Bike Tube Necklace
$36.00
Fringe Bike Tube Bib Vegan Necklace
$45.00

Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(53)
Rose

Rose on Dec 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These make me feel both badass and hella fancy.

Rose

Rose on Dec 10, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

This makes me so badass it's not even funny.

Rose

Rose on May 21, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful! These earrings are well made, & look bad-ass.

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About

The First Bike Tube Wallet

A friend of mine was always coming to me to patch up the seat of his pants where his bike saddle rubs. It's a persistent problem spot, as any bike commuter or enthusiast knows. We had tried for subtlety by using the same colored canvas as the pants themselves. After 2 or 3 attempts at repatching the same spots, we decided to give bike tube a try.

At the time, I was creating a lot of photography pieces using my sewing machine to bind photographs together. I made Polariod Quilts for my Etsy shop, built by sewing together grids of industrial Polaroids a friend found at an abandoned ship yard in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. I was interested in using my sewing machine to sew unconventional materials, but that experience also gave me some ideas about repairing clothes. After a lot of finagling, I had attached a pretty bunchy patch to my friend's worn out pants. The process might not have been complete success, but it did lead to a better idea: the same friend had been vegan for a few years and really wanted to ditch his pre-vegan leather wallet for something more animal-friendly.

Using the existing wallet's design, I made a new wallet out of bicycle tube. After a few weeks of successful use, I knew other vegans would be interested too. I made another and listed it on Esty. Twenty-two sales, a lot of broken needles and a burned out sewing machine motor later, the Bike Tube Wallet has been retired.

The Bike Tube Wallet might be retired, but the inspiration lives on. Today, True Partners In Craft continues to use recycled bicycle inner tube to create designs that translate leather and feathers concepts into recycled, vegan things of beauty. Not a vegan? Don't worry: recycled inner tube looks good on meat eaters too.

As it turns out, the bike tube patch on the pants eventually rubbed through too. Nothing can stop a hungry bike saddle from eating through your favorite jeans.

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  • Alexis Ellers

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, Photographer, Accountant, Inner Tube Collector

    Alexis Ellers under the name True Partners In Craft, acquires used bicycle inner tubes from friends and friendly bicycle shops across Chicago. She then cleans, cuts, hole punches, strings, twists and sews them into jewelry and accessories.

Shop policies

Last updated on February 2, 2015

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Shipping
Purchases are generally shipped through US Postal Service.
Purchases are shipped to address listed in Etsy order not PayPal.
Refunds and Exchanges
Send me a message and let me know the situation.
Additional policies and FAQs
Custom orders are welcome, even if it is just a little tweak. a different color chain, nickle-free ear wire, a longer or short chain, drop me a line and we can work it out.

All descriptions of materials are based on the information given by the manufacturer i.e. if the listing says "nickle free" this is based what the seller has of the material has told me. Some tarnishing of metals can occur. A little baking soda and water will bring the shine right back and does not effect the recycled inner tube.

Bicycle inner tube is cleaned first with soap and water and then mineral oil.

I'm defiantly interested in wholesale & consignment send me an message on Etsy or e-mail true.partners.in.craft [!at] gmail.com