My necklace collection is always made from recycled items. Mostly items are found froom yard sale, recycling centers or second hand stores.
Favorite place to find items for jewelry is “scrap loot” In recycling center, there is lots of stuff that you can collect and buy. Scrap is spelled by the weight. Normal price is 4€/kg
Local recycling center used to have many workers who take donations from the people. Usually people donate stuff they don’t need. Old curtains, belts, broken watches and stuff which you can’t sell.
The workers take everything what looks like it could be used in DIY-crafting and sell away.
Money they earned, went straight to the charity and those refugees in need of help.
Then Artists like myself buy those and turn it in to the art.
Here is few examples of necklaces I’ve made from the scrap items.
Transforming old scrap in to the something new and beautiful has always been one of my passions. Making of the jewelry is interesting because you have to use what you have. I don’t buy anything new for my jewelry or necklaces.
I just use what’s available at the moment.
Second hand stores has lost the purpose and they have turned in to the stores where everyone is selling crap in hope of making money. That’s the main reason why crafters like me, don’t buy anymore from the secondhand stores.
Back in the day recycling was more ideal and people used secondhand stores to sell stuff they don’t need anymore, no one tried to get rich while doing it. Perhaps economic situation these days has gone so bad, that everyone is just trying to make money out of everything.
Recently I had bad news at recycling center, they don’t have that DIY-table anymore and they just throw everything in to the garbage.
Sadly crafters like myself don’t have many places left where to find these “unwanted” items.
There ain’t no more those people who needs so called recovery work, which recycling center offered before for all those people who don’t have anyplace to work.
This is wrong way where we are going, if we want to save the planet.