handmade upcycled jewelry and accessories

Petaluma, California

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About BarkingZebraDesigns

Sales 1,348
On Etsy since 2009

Welcome to Barking Zebra Designs!

It all began with an exploration of graphic design, an old board game, and $200 in jewelry supplies.

At 16, rather than working the normal retail job, I decided to go against to norm and do something I actually felt interested in. After attending countless craft fairs as a child, I was inspired to make creations of my own.

With an urge to venture off the beaten path, I knew I needed to create pieces that were different than those currently saturating the market. Plus, I wanted my creations to be sustainable. Taking things apart and repurposing objects into new creations, by being frugal and unwasteful was always something I have loved to do. And so, in 2013 I began my little shop with handmade necklaces I created from recycled game tiles. The first necklace I posted on Etsy sold within a week. By high school graduation, I had created and sold 100s of necklaces, shipped to dozens of places around the world.

Five years later, I have fallen in deep creating many different types of jewelry, all from recycled, repurposed, and otherwise unconvential materials. Seeing peoples’ faces light up when they discover my creations, and meeting other creative people at local pop-ups and events are my favorite parts of being a maker.

XOXO, Sydney

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  • Sydney

    Owner, Maker, Designer

  • Scout


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Last updated on Apr 28, 2016
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

I accept custom orders and welcome your ideas! Want to change a color or wording on a necklace? Have an idea for a whole new necklace or design? Message me and I will work with you to create what you're looking for!

Gift wrapping and packaging

Game tile necklaces will come with an organza gift bag (if you select to include it while ordering). Flower necklaces, flower earrings, and flower bobby pins all come gift wrapped in a box as shown at the end of the listing photos.

Wholesale availability

Most of my items can be ordered wholesale! Please contact me if you would like to inquire about a wholesale order.