Pincushions are as easy to make, as they are to buy. There are many ways to make your own pincushions using items that you might already have lying around the house. Here are some upcycled pincushion examples
Child’s Shoe Pincushion
Upcycled Vintage Handkerchief Pincushion
Cookie Cutter Pincushion
Egg Cup Pincushion
Vintage Tin Pincushion
Mini Mould Pincushion
Toy Truck Pincushion
Salt Shaker Lid Pincushion
Some of these little pincushions remind me of hermit crabs which find any vacant ‘shell’ suitable enough for it to fit!
We were sent a link to a great tutorial, how to make a soda tab bracelet, the black cameo ribbon bracelet is pretty cool!
Check out Creative Thinking‘s new iCan light designs. Made from recycled discarded metallic food container (large coffee cans)
This looks easy enough to do? An eco-friendly bath mat tutorial, using old towels, as seen on finecraftguild.com
An interview with artisan Laurette, about her sustainable recycled jewellery range Be-Cycle Trashion Jewellery, produced in a small studio, based in France.
I trained as silversmith at Plymouth Art college in Devon England, but now I am based in France ( I am half French) where I have a workshop and still make a small amount of silver jewellery that I sell locally, but over the years I have been turning more and more to recycled, reclaimed and salvaged materials to make jewellery and accessories. Mainly due to the polluting extraction techniques legal or illegal, violence and warfare associated with some precious gem mining, and more often than not the exploitation of the workers. Also due to fact that we live in a world where every thing is disposable. I enjoy the challenge of turning useless in to useful and beautiful.
Can you tell us about your products?
I do a range of jewellery from bicycle inner tubes, I like working with this material as it has certain of the quality’s of leather, but also some interesting quality’s of it’s own (it is elastic and I like to make use of this in my jewellery designs) I also do ranges of jewellery from melted, fused glass bottles, beer bottle caps, ring pulls, up-cycled plastic packaging, natural materials such as twig beads, stones and vintage objects. Part of the creative process is collecting sufficient quantity’s to be able to play around with a new material; this is one of the most enjoyable moments, getting new ideas and inspiration.
My workshop is cluttered with experimental pieces and volumes of collected recyclable materials all this gets my creative juices going. I have to work with the limitations that using up-cycled materials posses but this adds an interesting dimension to the creative process, having to work out new techniques and even making or adapting certain tools.
Bicycle inner tubes is an interesting material to work with, can you tell us why you started to work with inner tubes, and where you source your material from?
I used to live in Amsterdam for a while, and as every one knows the Dutch cycle a lot. You see all types of people in Holland riding bikes. That’s where I started using inner tubes, as I wanted to find a recyclable material that was easily available. In France, I know a friendly local bicycle repair man and he is more than willing to give me the old inner tubes, he would otherwise discard.
Are you a keen cyclist yourself?
Yes, I ride regularly, but I do think that bikes are undervalued. Cycling is a green form of transport and it helps the rider to stay fit and healthy which can only be beneficial. Here in France you rarely see anybody on a bike and cycle lanes are a novelty. Unfortunately in some places it can be too dangerous due to the large amount of traffic on the roads.
Whilst the French worship the “tour de France”, “cyclism” is a hobby that only retired men take up and practice all dressed up in Lycra body suits! Bike riding should be promoted a lot more.
We notice you have started to work with ‘natural ingredients’, we love, in particular, your pine cone necklace and earrings, this is an interesting and effective choice of material, can you tell your inspiration behind working with mother nature’s materials?
I live in the countryside and love to walk, finding inspiration in the nature that surrounds me. I believe that we have distanced ourselves from nature, and do not notice the beauty in simple natural things, concentrating only on what is modern and innovative, such as all the new synthetic materials, colours, technology. Primitive man would make jewellery from shells, feathers, stones that he would find. Jewellery doesn’t necessarily need to be shiny and be blingy!
Will you be selling your pine cone pieces in your online shop soon?
I made the pine cone jewellery mainly as a tutorial, to inspire people that you can make some thing of beauty with some simple tools and materials, you don’t need gold and silver or the new synthetic materials ( fimo etc) to make jewellery.
I try to use as much recycled materials in the design as possible, sometimes up to 100%. I never use glues, varnishes, if I do I make sure they are totally ecological or I try to find alternative ways. Using recycled materials in my jewellery designs is an ecological philosophy, to live my life as green as possible.
This summer I am planning some pop up shop events, in the South of England, Northern France, Berlin Germany, Copenhagen Denmark, and possibly some other locations. I would like to be able to devote more time to my blog, It is not easy
juggling making, selling, blogging and living. I am working on a range of pebble jewellery one of the reasons I am in Cornwall at the moment. And I am widening the range in the inner tube jewellery and shall hopefully start to make accessories as well, such as belts, belt/bag type things, smart phone case etc.
You can shop Be-Cycle Trashion Jewellery from Recycled Market > here
Ways to craft paper into beautiful and useful recycled pieces..
Recycled paper basket DIY tutorial
as seen on duitang.com
Recycled magazine butterfliesas seen on Basteln
Recycled magazine bead earrings
c/o RecycledFashion on Recycled Market
by BluReco on Recycled Market
Recycled map origami paper swan
by Ruti’s Roots on Recycled Market
Fair trade newspaper gift bags
by ‘I’ve No Idea‘ on Recycled Market
Recycled Music Note Kusudama Flower Ball Origami
by Meligami on Recycled Market
Recycled magazine bracelets made in Uganda
by AfriBeads on Recycled Market
New to Recycled Market, we have fair trade gift bags, which are made from recycled newspaper in India.The bags are offered by a Recycled Market Seller that goes by the name of “I’ve No Idea”
These eco recycled newspaper bags are made by an NGO whose main objective is to provide education and shelter to street children. The organisation started in 2004 by street children who wanted to give something back in return for the opportunities which had allowed them to escape desperate circumstances.
These elder children, now married with children of their own, generate an income by making newspaper bags and jute items. This allows them to take care of thirteen street children that they have saved from the streets surrounding Delhi train station. Support for this project means that these children can enjoy going to school and playing, rather than pulling rickshaws, shoe polishing, rag picking and worse. The newspapers are collected by bicycle rickshaw calling at residential homes for any read newspapers.
Buying a set of 5 means (they are sold in a bundle of 5) you can keep in your cupboard, and use as eco-friendly recycled gift wrap for gifts throughout the year.
An interview with recycled crafter Steph from OverIt!
Can you tell us a little about who you are?
I sure can, my name is Steph. I am a hyperactive recycling nut who has an addiction to coloured scraps. I am also artistic director of kids eco label MooBear Designs (Over It!’s big brother you could say) and founder of not for profit organisation The TreeHouse. Throw in my wonderful husband who enables my recycling adventures along with a sprinkling of my 3 children and you pretty much have me!
Can you tell us about your products?
I’ll often buy some of the most obscure mediums to work with like discarded vinyl for instance, and have it sitting on my desk for weeks until an idea finds me and they are turned into earrings, rings and brooches. Sometimes it’s a combination of unrelated materials sitting together while other times it’s just an idea, like my felt eye patches to add to my children’s dress up collection.
I have created denim clutches and baby bibs, zipper headbands, brooches and hair ties. Bed sheet satchels with seat belt straps, men’s tie shoulder bags and my favourite Over It! ever was making a pocket pal from 4 zippers for my son to keep his cars in. There is something for everyone with Over It!
How do you incorporate recycled material into your products?
I work with scraps, off cuts and remnants. Other materials like silk screen paint, cottons, buttons and paper are sourced from treasure shops, garage sales and an extensive collection of friends who off load their bags of excess goods in my direction. I think the first Over It! products were earrings made from ice-cream containers which were a great conversation starter. No one ever believed they use to be ice-cream containers. Since then I have used a variety of ‘unusable’ materials successfully and with a lot of fun.
I see the potential in materials which would other wise go to land fill. Someone asked me why I keep teeny tiny scraps of useless fabric and I pointed out that when building a house you wouldn’t throw away the left over useless bricks. You would keep them and build a BBQ, save them for a friend, sell them or give them away. That’s how I am with the materials I work with. The best part is I have a very dedicated circle of friends who also up cycle, recycle and refashion so If I come across something I know they can use I’ll send it off in their direction and visa versa and so the circle of recycling continues.
Over It! has a mind of it’s own so you never really know what to expect. I can assure you though that it will always be colourful and fun. I do have a few ideas brewing in mind, one of which involve shoes. But I don’t want to give too much away.
An interview with Divya of Jewels by Sayuri.
My design philosophy is simple – Fashion is for all. So it should be practical, usable and desirable. Both my costume jewelry as well as my accessory range are created by me using a mix of both fine and unconventional materials. I create one off unique pieces without repetition and believe firmly in Hand crafting. I also custom make gifts based on orders. Sayuri products on the whole are contemporary with a distinct Indian touch.
I believe a lot in reducing and reusing. I feel that it is important for a designer to constantly incorporate existing materials into his/her designs and what better way than recycling to do that? Interacting with my blog friends made me see everyday materials like packaging waste, stationary supplies and old jewelry in a whole new light. I thought why I cant use these common things to make something uncommon, something beautiful and something wearable?
If possible I retain the material/object in its original shape, size or material. Sometimes I modify it to suit my design.
When I started, the idea was to keep the whole range, as good and creative budget options. But lately I have started doing statement jewelry and I am moving on to slightly more expensive pieces. In the future I want to expand and grow the brand further to include more designs, diverse materials and of course more retail outlets.
Shop Jewels of Sayuri here