The upcycled jewelry made at home, can be an additional alternative to brand new and bargain price jewels. With the right materials and tools, any jewelry lover can turn his old models into dazzling works of art.
The essential tool kit to have
Do you want to give a second life to your grandmother’s or your mother’s old jewelry? A large chain necklace can become a patched belt to accessorize your pants. The zips on your jackets can be used as bait for your pendants. With the right tools, you can embellish a neglected piece of your jewel box.
Before you start making your upcycled jewelry, make sure to collect the pieces of antique, vintage or second hand jewelry you want upcycle. Don’t throw away your old clasps, your chains still in very good condition and your fancy charms that will create a complete jewel.
At the tool level, the flat-nose pliers will help you hold, bend and shape the wire and apply the clasps. The wire cutter will be your savior when you have to cut the wire and finish your jewel. Jewelry glue is essential to fix complex materials or rhinestones on your jewelry.
Why switch to upcycling
In jeweler’s craft, the ancestral techniques used are very harmful. Cyanide and mercury are used to extract gold, resulting in multiple environmental problems. It takes a lot of water to run the mines.
In addition, the working conditions of workers in mines are catastrophic and industries do not hesitate to use child labour. When you know how toxic the gold industry is to the environment, patching your old jewelry becomes a viable and sustainable solution.
Faced with fast-fashion and an overproduction industry, upcycler is a small gesture for the planet and your wallet. You add value to a piece of jewelry that may seem innocuous and extend its life by several years. Why don’t we just keep going?
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