urbanartifaks

All Sorts of Cool Recycled & Upcycled Stuff

Pennsylvania, United States · 157 Sales

urbanartifaks

All Sorts of Cool Recycled & Upcycled Stuff

Pennsylvania, United States 157 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(45)

Announcement   I LOVE making new items from old things!! Repurposing, giving new life; NOT filling our overflowing landfills...It's like the ultimate creativity!

Being able to see past the obvious and finding the hidden potential. Isn't that what life is about? We are to see beyond the surface with each other, finding people's hidden potential as well...just as God has seen past our broken surface to see the gem that is within each of us.

What started as a reaction against the never-ending vandalism of my home has now become an exciting and creative avenue of upcycled art for me. I love repurposing items into something completely different and useful. I look at everything with new eyes, no matter how old or used. This is a good thing--or bad, depending on your point of view-its hard not to collect everything i see as 'art supplies' now.

After 6 years of living in that 'war zone', I have relocated. My studio is currently in transition as I settle in and create my new studio.

Like my facebook page for up to the minute news and new items, and, if you would like to see my quilted fiber art, see my other etsy site at Jacqm Studios:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JacqM.

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Last updated on Apr 3, 2016

I LOVE making new items from old things!! Repurposing, giving new life; NOT filling our overflowing landfills...It's like the ultimate creativity!

Being able to see past the obvious and finding the hidden potential. Isn't that what life is about? We are to see beyond the surface with each other, finding people's hidden potential as well...just as God has seen past our broken surface to see the gem that is within each of us.

What started as a reaction against the never-ending vandalism of my home has now become an exciting and creative avenue of upcycled art for me. I love repurposing items into something completely different and useful. I look at everything with new eyes, no matter how old or used. This is a good thing--or bad, depending on your point of view-its hard not to collect everything i see as 'art supplies' now.

After 6 years of living in that 'war zone', I have relocated. My studio is currently in transition as I settle in and create my new studio.

Like my facebook page for up to the minute news and new items, and, if you would like to see my quilted fiber art, see my other etsy site at Jacqm Studios:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/JacqM.

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Ruffled upcycled Tshirt Skirt with Neon Owl
US$25.00
Recycled Wine Bottle Pendant 555
US$55.00
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5 out of 5 stars
(45)
caroline lohmann-hancock

caroline lohmann-hancock on Aug 21, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Love the necklace A very creative use of glass Impressed with the concepts Good luck for the future of this artistic business

Traci Campbell

Traci Campbell on Jan 17, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

Will buy from again! Great seller

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About

Once upon a time, in another world farrr away.....

I'd been a quilter and fiber artist for over 20 years when my life changed and I found myself unexpectedly on my own for the first time ever. I moved back to the old house we lived in when I was first married but the old neighborhood had changed drastically. Abandoned homes, gaping windows, aluminum siding stripped and hanging...
They started hitting my home not too long after. The invasions were nearly daily...my stomach would knot up each time I rounded that last bend before reaching the house.
One note on this matter-steel doors are only as strong as the screws used to secure the hinges to the house framing...be sure NOT to use 3/4" screws, but use something substantial, like 2-3". Even though the door was 'professionally' installed, it didn't even slow them down. The hinges were easily ripped from the wall as they literally broke the door down and walked across it.

Artists seek shelter in their art...I desperately needed to be creative, but my quilting and fabric were still packed safely away. On the other hand, I had plenty of glass from my broken windows...I'd always admired the soldered jewelry people were making...now having learned how to solder while replacing my stolen copper plumbing, I decided to try making jewelry from the window shards.

Then, while waitressing at a local restaurant, there was this beautiful cobalt blue Skyy Vodka bottle that broke...and that turned me in an entirely new direction. I learned to break the bottles, to cut and grind them into simple shapes. Later, I bought a ring saw and that helped me to cut more intricate shapes.

Living alone, I could work on my art anywhere I wanted, so I worked on it everywhere! I didn't cook for myself so I turned my useless kitchen into my glass-cutting studio and any time you walked into my home, you had to dodge the cut up glass pieces. I also rationalized it as my 'in-home security center'...they might break in, but they had better be careful or they would get hurt! The amusing thing was when I would call the police after another break-in, the look on the officer's faces as they walked in the kitchen and saw the broken glass everywhere! I always had to explain what I was doing and that no, that was not from the intruders, but was my mess.

I gradually started sewing again and my granddaughter and I designed a skirt for her to make that eventually evolved into the ruffled skirts I make now. I LOVE searching for t-shirts with designs and sayings that would be fun when sewn up!

November 2012 was another bad month and they ripped the copper out again, this time in a way I couldn't fix...then they came back the next day and ripped out my ceilings to get to the upstairs plumbing. There was no way I could fix this mess, and I finally gave up. I have never been a quitter, but this was enough. I moved to a small town in Pa, Conneaut Lake, where life is peaceful (except during duck hunting season) and neighbors are friendly. The biggest problem I had was sorting my hundreds of bottles-there is very little logic in packing and transporting hundreds of empty [and easily replaced] liquor bottles, after all...

I work in the garage now, so my glass studio is open only in warm weather. I am still looking for tools, but things are slowly falling into place. The boyfriend and I have one big conflict: 'there's no room for all that stuff here!' While I am truly thankful for being able to live here, I am still desperately searching for studio space.....
Ahhh-fast forward to Memorial Day, 2014-i FOUND my space; a huge 30X60foot space just off the main drag of Rt 6...and it was even in my colors-chiffon yellow with lime green trim!!! you just don't find that in northwestern PA!! I now have my studio/retail space and have been here for a while and am still finding my focus. Check out my facebook page, The Sewing Lady, to keep current for what I'm up to in there!

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Shop policies

Last updated on February 3, 2011
Hi! Thanks for stopping by my Urban Artifaks Jewelry shop. I started making this jewelry back in 2006 using broken window glass from excessive vandalism...I've come a long way from there!
Working with recycled liquor bottles is about the hardest thing I could think of doing. The glass is uneven, round, and hard to cut but it does have 2 redeeming virtures--its plentiful, and cheap!

I feel good making something so nice from something that gets thrown away by the barrelfuls-not every bar/restaurant/store recycles its glass, I'm afraid. I may not even make a dent in the piles of waste, but at least its a small start.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
As for payment, i'll take personal checks but I hold the jewelry until the check clears the bank. The easiest method of payment is paypal so you can use your charge card, debit card, or whatever method you'd prefer.
Shipping
Since these are small packages, i send them in a padded envelope with stiff cardboard and mail them first class with a delivery confirmation. I don't insure as I've never had a problem with a package getting lost. If it does, I will make another to replace it to the best of my ability.

I am happy to ship international. I send first class mail, with the customs form marked "fashion accessories" with the amount paid. You will need to cover any customs fees on your end. If you order more than one piece, I can mail them in separate packages to keep your cost down if you prefer.
Refunds and Exchanges
If the item doesn't live up to your expectations, or if it is damaged, return it to me and I'll either make you a new one or refund you the purchase price minus the shipping. I want my customers to be happy with their piece of glass.
Additional policies and FAQs
Many of my styles are reasonably replicable; others I just can't, I'm sorry. One way of knowing is by looking for "wholesale" in the tags but generally, if its a simple shape of glass with no fancy label printed on it, that should be an easy one. Heart shapes and printed labels that are in short supply, and many of the wire embellishments are also somewhat hit or miss...sometimes that glass won't break where I want it to or the wire just Will Not Bend right, no matter WHAT I do!
That being said, if you have a specific style pendant or type of bottle you'd like, or even have a particular bottle in your posession that you'd like a piece from, just convo me--I'd be happy to give it a shot! If it doesn't turn out to your satisfaction, no problem...it might be just what someone else was looking for.