I recently had an article published about my upcycled jewellery in the wonderful online magazine Artizen
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samedi 19 mai 2012
mercredi 23 novembre 2011
|Ajouter une légende|
|A nice "fresh pine cone"|
Chose a fresh cone as the colour will be brighter and it even looks like its been varnished. Brake a way the scaled from the cone use pliers for this as it quiet tough.
Drill a small hole in the top with the smallest drill bit you have.
Use jump rings so you can thread the scales onto necklaces or earrings.
Publié par Laurette à 12:13
mercredi 16 novembre 2011
|The festival site resembles a rubbish dump on Monday|
I've been off grid for a while, travelling and working around Europe. Although not jewellery related I wanted to write about my experience this summer working as part of the recycling crew during and after Britain's largest music and performing arts festival, Glastonbury Festival. Set in the rural county of Somerset, the Festival employs large numbers of people in the recycling and the clean up operation. Over 150 000 people visit the festival during the week end. This represents the size of a large town in England and they consume and discard a large amount of "stuff" not always rubbish. I was quite shocked and saddened by the sight, I hadn't been to the festival for nearly 20 years and I can't recall it being in such a state at the end, it defiantly reflects the throw away mentality that exists now a days. The clean up operation can last for many weeks after the festival depending on the conditions, this year was not one of the easiest. As it was a very muddy festival and rubbish got buried in the mud which then dried and so the ground had to be ploughed up several times to bring drinks can, plastic bottles, large quantity of sun glasses and various array of lost and thrown away items to the surface. The fields of Worthy farm and the surrounding land on which the festival is held, need to be spotless so the herd of diary cows can return to graze in safety.
|A few days into the clean up, the rubbish is bagged up.|
|A fleet of over 10 refuse lorries work for nearly 2 weeks taking the non recyclable rubbish to the land fill|
Below are a few examples of creative upcycling and recycling.
The Mutoid Waste Co
|The Mosquito built by Joe Rush makes its point over the Bloodsucker Bar|
|The Head On Fire - Built by Crusty Mark and lit by Eddie Egal|
A short video on some of the recycling before the festival
|Read about some of the recycling efforts in the Glastonbury Festival blog|
|Upcycled rain coats and bags made from discarded festival tents|
Publié par Laurette à 10:16
samedi 4 juin 2011
Make a bracelet from cherrypip beads
You will need:
-Small drill bit, 1.5mm
-Drill or a Dremel
Fruit seeds and pips were used during the prehistory to make beads. They were probably the earliest kind of jewellery along with shells, feathers and bone. They are still used in country that have abundant supply's of lovely coloured seeds such as Brazil. Here in Europe, there are a few that can be used and cherry pips are easy to get hold of. For this tutorial I have used wild cherries, they are smaller and plentiful in the hedgerows in western France but you can use shop bought, the pips will be larger.
Cleaning the pips
Although wild cherries are bitter it is possible to cook them up with some sugar and eat them. Simmer slowly until the pulp comes off the pip. If you have shop bought or garden cherries then all you have to do is eat them and clean them inside your mouth.
Wash, scrub if necessary and dry, when they are dry rub them together to get rid of the bits of dried cherry that might be left.
Drill a hole through the pip ( there is a natural dip at the top of the cherry so start here) The pip is hollow, drill through the first section and continue to the second bit do not apply too much pressure as it will slightly crack the outside of the pip.
String the pip beads on the elastic thread. You could also make necklaces and earrings with the beads.
|The darker cherry pip on this bracelet were found on the ground under the tree they seem to have been coloured by the rotting pulp.|
Did you know that there has been a long tradition of making herbal tea from the cherry stems, it is used as a diuretic. Here is a link to a recipe.
Publié par Laurette à 18:22
mardi 31 mai 2011
A great little, animated film about the effects of the over production of electronic gadgets and the consequence on the poorer countrys who end up dealing with our ewaste
Publié par Laurette à 13:31
samedi 28 mai 2011
Yiuco is a new Greek based online market place for handmade products made from upcycled, recycled or reused materials. The word Yiuco in Greek means piled up clothes. It was launched at the beginning of the year and with all the competition on the web from market places selling handmade goods it might have some trouble getting noticed. Although it does have a niche market and as far as i am aware it is the only on line market place the is solely committed to selling upcycled, recycled and reused handmade goods.
Publié par Laurette à 14:57
dimanche 22 mai 2011
In 2010 the French Coca Cola company in association with Gontie Paris started marketing recycled glass jewellery made from coca cola bottles. It seems that if a large multi national company are choosing to branch out to into such a creative venture, then the significance of the trashion movement is not just a flash in the pan. Unfortunately for the moment it's only available to French customers, but for those interested you can browse through the catalogue here and there is a brief explanation ( only in French for the moment) of the techniques used to make the jewellery.
Publié par Laurette à 15:48