Sunday, November 29, 2009

Jewelry making tip #8, recycle

Recycle, repurpose, reuse, reconstitute. . .
Revision, re-envision.
Sometimes, you make a piece of jewelry that you really don't like. Or you like it but it doesn't sell. Or you just get tired of unpacking it at shows. Or you made it several years ago, and your technique and eye have improved.
One of the great things about beaded jewelry is that you can cut it apart and reuse the beads and the closure. Usually, you have to pitch the wire, but the rest of the bits are entirely reusable. Nothing goes to waste, and you can make something fresh and happy from the sacrifice.
Sometimes, cutting jewelry apart is just as much fun as putting it together!
And I'm not sure why I wrote this in second person. . .


  1. I do this all the time!!! Although, all my necklace wire becomes bracelet wire :)