Project Accessory: A New Show for Jewelry Lovers

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Project Accessory

Lifetime’s new design show, Project Accessory, premiered last week and for anyone who loves making jewelry or other accessories and has seen Project Runway, this is a dream come true! I thought it might be of interest to all crafters as well.

The very first challenge was a super interesting one and very in line with what I’ve been seeing all over the blog-o-sphere! The contestants had to scavenge some storage units for found objects to turn into three accessories: a necklace, a belt, and an object of their choice. After all the innovative and exciting recycled jewelry projects I’ve found online I was very excited to see what these designers could come up with under pressure. And there were some interesting choices being made. Here’s a peek at some of the designs:

Project Accessory Designs

Project Accessory
This one sort of floored me because, even though it’s a little more than I would normally wear, it was made from the springs of an old couch!

Project Accessory

Project Accessory

Project Accessory

This simple and elegant design was made entirely out of re-purposed leather. Yup, even the necklace. It was just painted gold. How crafty!

Project Runway
And the winning look was this pretty bohemian chic collection. It feel very summery to me and I absolutely love the ring. Can you believe those are matchsticks? Now that’s some creativity. I completely agree with this as the winning look. What do you think?

Watching the show was actually completely inspiring and made me want to do nothing more than rummage through a thrift store for objects I could take apart. I also started browsing through the recycled projects on for some ideas and I wanted to share some of my favorites with you. I have to say that there are quite a few that are worthy to be judged on Project Accessory!

Easy Nameplate Necklace

I love this Easy Nameplate Necklace! What a fun idea to recycle all of those expired credit cards that you don’t want to toss. It’s a super simple piece that looks surprisingly polished and professional. Just imagine wearing it to work and all of your co-workers being jealous and surprised that it’s an Amex!


Electrical Wire Rings


How fun and colorful are these Electrical Wire Rings? They are so amazingly simple to put together. They take about 5 minutes a ring and in no time you can have lots of fun, brightly colored rings! Add some beads for some extra sparkle.


Literati Necklace


I just love this Literati Necklace made from old book pages. Wouldn’t it make the greatest gift for a book lover in your life? You could also use this same idea to make a bracelet or some earrings.



Pop Can Beads


Can you believe these cool, industrial looking beads were made from plain old pop cans? It’s the perfect way to inexpensively incorporate some metal into your jewelry making and recycle at the same time!


After finding these projects and watching the amazing designs that came out of Project Accessory, I am ready to make some recycled jewelry! I am super excited to see what the next episode of Project Accessory tomorrow will bring and what inspiring challenges they have planned ahead. If you missed the first episode, take some time to watch it online! Maybe it’ll inspire you too. Tune in Thursdays at 10 pm to check out all the other challenges.

What did you think of the first episode?

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