Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Upcycled Jewelry Tutorial - Christmas Countdown Week lll - let's make jewelry!



For week 3 of this year's recycled holiday gift countdown let's make some easy, peasy jewelry!

If you are like me you probably have a drawer full of buttons and another drawer filled with those hard non-recyclable (until now) plastic bottle caps.

With some black cording from the craft store and a few metal pipe clamps from the hardware store (my favorite place) you can create some amazing interchangeable (that doing more with less thing again) necklaces you will be proud to give and your friends will be happy to get!

what you need:

some buttons of various sizes
a couple plastic bottle caps
power drill
screwdriver
metal hose clamps
thin black cording or chain


1. drill hole in center of bottle cap 2. thread stack of buttons backward from smallest to largest 3. push both ends of cording into bottle cap and tie off 4. cut off any loose ends (good life lesson here) 5. loosen clamp with screwdriver, insert bottle cap and tighten 6. add cording or thin chain to slot on back of clamp



See more of my recycled tutorials here

13 comments:

maryharding said...

What fun. And so attractive.

alamodestuff said...

these are crazy cool! Love it!

TesoriTrovati said...

So stinkin' clever! The hardware store is filled with treasures! I think that everyone needs a Frank's Hardware like I have with dusty bins filled with bits and baubles to challenge you creatively. I love going to a hardware store when I need some inspiration to shake things up!
Enjoy the day!
Erin

Jan Vermillion-Thomason said...

i'm lookin' for me some plastic bottle caps as i type!!
thanks for such a wonderful idea:)

Jennifer Mullin said...

Amazing! I am totally doing this. Thanks for sharing Cat.

Daffydill's Days said...

It never ceases to amaze and delight me to see such ingenuity in art! This is too cool and thanks for sharing with us all.

Daffydill's Days said...

It never ceases to amaze me the ingenuity and creativity of so many artists. This is fabulous and thanks for sharing!

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The Beading Gem said...

This is brilliant! I love how the pendant is interchangeable. I will feature and link in a future post so others can come visit. Pearl

Enchantments and Giggles said...

I had been looking for a cool Christmas gift idea for my teenage nieces. They will love these!

Mona Bizzari said...

How will i attach the metal clam to a necklace. I dont get that part

Mona Bizzari said...

How will i attach the clamp to the necklace please

Catherine Ivins said...

I just slid the chain through the clamp Mona (space by screw)!