Recycled Bike Jewelry

Tacoma, Washington · 54 Sales


Recycled Bike Jewelry

Tacoma, Washington 54 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Abby Cook


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Anonymous on Dec 29, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Very beautiful and very well made :-)

Anonymous on Nov 28, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful earrings. Will make a great gift for my bikers in my family!

Anonymous on Nov 28, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful earrings. Will make a great gift for my bikers in my family!

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Bikes & Beads: A Dream Come True

Hi, my name is Abby. I am 13 1/2 years old. Bikes & Beads was opened when I was 11. I love making jewelry, it's so much fun!! My dad (Ben) taught me how to make jewelry, and this is actually his Etsy account, but someday I may get my own.

I have always wanted another way to make money besides chores. A couple years ago, I was begging my dad to build us a lemonade stand every summer. I wanted one so that me and my brother could sell our 'lemonade'. The 'lemonade' was mashed up raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries added to lemon juice. Gross.

Since I wanted a business so badly, my parents bought me a jewelry starter set, with beads, tools, and basic findings. I loved it immediately. They also got me a binder full of jewelry projects, crafts and techniques they found. My dad said it was because they were annoyed when I asked them for a lemonade stand. I think he was joking . . . . :)

I started using bike parts because my dad likes to work on bikes. He would get old bikes that didn't work, and fix them. If they were so beat up he couldn't use some parts (like chain), he would give them to me. I learned how to take them apart, clean them, and then use them for jewelry.

Seaglass started being used in my jewelry not very long ago, within the past year. My whole family went to the beach in Port Townsend, and we were looking for shells and rocks. I was looking along the shore for good sized shells for jewelry, and then my dad points out something shiny. Seaglass! He explains to me what it is, and then tells me what the best ones look like. We find a ton of seaglass, shells, and rocks, and then we went home. Of course, I immediately started researching.

At first, I found the zigzag method of wire wrapping seaglass. Honestly, it's not my favorite method. After succeeding at making pendants only a couple times (while failing many), I didn't like it anymore. It was hard to make earrings with. Then, while looking at seaglass pendants for sale, I saw the wrap and loop method. I actually modified it a little bit (based off what I could see), and then created!! The light green seaglass necklace is my favorite.

I was making carton wallets before I even had my shop open. I found the template and instructions online, and then I was using a limeade one as my wallet for a while (but I lost it). I gave them out for Christmas/birthday presents, but even after I opened my shop, it took me awhile to realize that I could sell those too!!

Please view my shop policies for information on shipping and payment.

Thanks!! :)
~Abby (& Ben)

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  • Abigail Cook

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, & Everything Else!!

    I am 14 years old and in 8th grade. And yes, I am the center of the universe. ;D In my spare time, I am usually either on Etsy, working on a new item, or reading. My bike jewelry and carton wallets help out the environment by reusing garbage.

  • Ben Cook

    Designer, & Photographer

    Sometimes my (Abby's) dad, Ben, helps with designing new jewelry, taking apart chains, or taking pictures. This is actually his Etsy account, and he was the one who got me (Abby) to start making jewelry.

Shop policies

Last updated on June 13, 2013
Hi, my name is Abby. Welcome to my shop, Bikes & Beads! I make jewelry out of bike parts, and that is mostly what I am known for. All of the bike parts I use have been worn down so much that they're garbage. I save them from the landfill (or recycling plant... but whatever) and clean them, then I create!! If you were to ask me what my favorite piece of jewelry is that I've made, I couldn't answer you. I love everything I make, and I hope you do too!! :)

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
*I only accept PayPal at this time. I must be paid before I ship your item.
*Store Credit: I can make a coupon code that is one-time use for the amount of money that your original purchase cost. Type in the code at checkout. You must pay the difference if what you buy is worth more than your original purchase.
*Coupon codes: I have sales going on all the time (or at least fairly often)!! Check my shop announcement often to see if there is one going on!
*I only ship to the U.S. for now. I ship ASAP right after I'm paid. No overnight shipping, and no special shipping for one person, just the normal stuff. I'm sorry if this causes any inconvenience.
*If you're wondering how I package my jewelry, I wrap each item in a tissue, packing paper, or bubble wrap (depending on what's available) and place all those in a bubble wrap envelope. For carton wallets, I usually use small boxes instead of a bubble wrap envelope.
Refunds and Exchanges
*Refunds: If your jewelry has broken within the first 30 days, send it back and I'll work on it. You must send it back within 30 days. If I cannot fix it, you will receive a refund.
*Only jewelry is refundable, because carton wallets should not break for years.
*I do not give refunds if you lost your item. For more information, contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
*Custom orders: I love doing custom orders!! Please contact me with your idea! Please note that a custom order/listing may take up to a week to post.
*Reserved listings: I will reserve any listing for you. However, you must purchase it within a week of reserving.
*Contacting me: If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact me. I will answer you ASAP. You can contact me either through Etsy or my Gmail address (below).