Showing posts with label upcycled jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label upcycled jewelry. Show all posts

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The "Trader Joe's Collection"

I can honestly say that I am pretty good at promoting others....other blogs, other products, other whatevers.  When it comes to self-promotion, I suck.  It's true.  This might lead you to believe that I don't actually like my own creations and this is not true. So I decided it was high time that I start sharing some of my favorite things - made by me.  And when it comes to picking my most favorite things I really have to go with Trader Joe's.  More specifically, my Trader Joe's line of paper bead jewelry.  Here are a few of the highlights and of course you can find more in my Etsy shop:

I fell in love with the box from Trader Joe's French Toast!  Well, I actually fell in love with the French Toast - but I digress.  The very first chunky style paper bead that I ever made was from this box:


And this is what I did with it:

Stretch Paper Bead Bracelet
And this:

Floating Paper Bead Necklace
And recently, I rolled up a bunch of paper beads from a Trader Joe's grocery shopping bags for the first time.  I think these are my favorite, I really like the little faces:

Trader Joe's Shopping Bag Earrings 
And, of course, I whipped up a little something for Valentine's Day:

Trader Joe's Shopping Bag Valentine's Necklace
So what do you think?  Do you have a taste for some french toast?

Sunday, July 28, 2013

It's Another DIY Project from Spoon Handles


I'm loving making earrings from spoon and fork handles and you'll find  lots of them in my Etsy shop.  But, if you're the crafty type and want to give it a try for yourself you can see how I make mine in this video tutorial.


Just a word of caution, you will need to use your Dremel on this one and there will likely be a few sparks.  But don't let that stop you, you'll be just fine if you use the proper safety precautions.  And if you're still not so sure about tackling this one on your own, look what you can find in my shop:





So, are you going to give it a go?


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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Girl Scout Cookies...Yuuuuummmmm

So last month was the month of the Girl Scout cookie!  And this week is National Girl Scout week.  So my question is, do you have any cookies left?  Me? No, I don't!  Each year it's one box of Thin Mints and one box of Samoas, which I think are now called Carmel Delights.  It doesn't matter what you call them, they are simply heaven in a box!  And each year, I miss those dang cookies come March.

That is until I found this crazy recipe for Somoa Popcorn and had to give it a whirl.  The results:

I heart Samoa popcorn
If you love Samoa cookies as much as I do, you'll probably be making this tonight.  So if you do, here are my three suggestions:

1.  You'll need to toast a bit of coconut for this recipe.  Mine toasted in half the time that the recipe called for so keep an eye on it!
2. The recipe calls for several bags of microwave popcorn. I'm not a microwave popcorn kinda gal...too much packaging and all.  So I stove popped mine and it was fine, I have to assume air popping it would be as well.
3.  When making homemade caramel, and you will for this fabulous deliciousness, it is hot!  Don't touch it...not that I've had any experience with this {insert winky face here}, but I'm just sayin'.

And right about now you're thinking, "where the heck is the upcycled bit?"  Glad you asked!  Here's my bracelet made from a Samoa box:

Paper Bead Stretch Bracelet made from a Samoa Box
So what's your favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

DIY Spoon Pendant

As promised...my first Dremel DIY project.  I'll show you how I made these spoon pendants and link nearly every step to a YouTube video if you need to see it done:

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First a disclaimer:  I am not an expert just an avid DIYer and upcycler.  Please do your research before attempting this project on your own.  And be safe!

So, here's what you'll need (and if you're a little lost in the tool isle, check out the "I Recommend" widget at the bottom of this post for up close pictures and product descriptions):



1.  Dremel 200-1/21 Two-Speed Rotary Tool Kit  or other Dremel model
2.  Cutting Wheel for hardened metals
3.  2 Tungsten Carbide Cutters - One with a pointed tip (I'm using part #9910) and one larger round bit  (I'm using part #9901).  These range from $8-$9 a piece so if you'd like to save a bit of cash you can substitute the pointed tip cutter for a drill if you have a bit made for cutting metal.
4.  Silicone Carbide Grinding Stone made for metal (I'm using part #84922).  If you do not wish to add texture to your final piece and have a metal file on hand, you can forgo this part.
5.  Sharpie
6.  Old spoon
7.  Clamp
8.  Needle-Nose Pliers (I'll be using two pairs to make the bale)
9.  Hammer
10. Anvil
11. Letter Stamping Kit
12. SAFETY GLASSES. No questions asked.
13. Highly recommended: work gloves, long sleeves, closed-toe shoes, apron.  WHY?  There will be itsy bitsy pieces of metal everywhere and they will inject themselves into your skin like slivers...only worse.

I like to start by flattening and hand stamping any lettering into my spoon.  I find that the place I'm most likely to screw up is the hand stamping step, so I'd rather know that before I do all of the other work.

Place the bowl of the spoon upside down on your anvil and hammer the heck out of it.  You might have to flip it over and hammer the front side a bit more (especially near the handle) to flatten it.

With your Sharpie, mark out the design on your spoon and drawn a couple of guide lines for your letters.  I like to mark the center and start stamping from the center out, otherwise I can't get a little off track. 

Then start stamping your letters into place.  Since we'll be adding a texture, essentially grinding away layers of metal, I try to give it at least 10 good wacks of the hammer - PLEASE BE MINDFUL of your fingers.  You can see this demonstrated in this video.

Now you can cut the handle from your spoon using a cutting wheel, be sure to leave a few inches for the bale. I highly recommend clamping the spoon to a workbench so that you can use two hands to steady your Dremel.  Don't be scared:  sparks will fly during this step, they are supposed to.  But if too many are flying, checking your applied pressure.  The tool should be doing the work, not you.  *NOTE:  in all of the steps that require the use of the Dremel I am using the speed setting "High".  Please consult your owner's manual to see what the proper setting is for your model.  Here's the video demo



Time to start carving.  If you have drill bits meant for metal, I do suggest creating your "pilot" hole with your drill.  You'll have more control as you drill and it won't jump off course so much. So, pick a spot and drill.  Or grab your pointed tungsten carbide cutter and start grinding the metal away with your Dremel until you have a hole big enough to fit the diameter of your round cutter.  Using the side of your cutter, slowly eat away at the design that you drew in.  It's important to remember not to apply to much pressure as you're shaving the metal or you could snap the cutter.  You can see me do both of these steps here.


Almost there!  Before you move onto the grinding step, fill in all of your hand stamped letters with a Sharpie.  Your letters should NOT be silver as in the picture above.  Okay, grab your grinding stone and slide it back and forth across all of the cuts of your design and the rough edge that remains from where you removed the handle.  Do so until all of the edges are smooth.  Then lay the stone flat on the surface of your piece and completely cover the surface, front and back, with texture.  This will also remove the unwanted Sharpie markings on the spoon. Wanna see me demonstrate?

NOTE:  I usually perform both of these tasks while holding the spoon in my hands, but a Dremel, a spoon and a camera all needing to be held at the same time doesn't work with only two hands.  So, hold it if you choose, but be cautious not to grind your finger.  I can't imagine that it feels good.

And finally, you'll need a bale to hang your pendant.  This step only requires two needle nose pliers and is better left to video.

Yep, I think that does it....my longest post EVER.  I think so anyways.  I'm exhausted how about you?  One last look:

Got questions? Suggestions?  Post 'em below.




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