When I first saw Jeremy May’s work, I almost didn’t believe it. I thought, “No way. That’s plastic not paper!” However, it is indeed paper and May creates some gorgeous jewelry pieces cut right from the pages of your favorite novels!
If you love books and jewelry like I do, something about this process is a little gut-wrenching. I love the rings and gorgeous bracelets that come out of it and would even like to know how it’s done so I can try it myself. Yet, at the same time, cutting up novels hurts the book collector in me! What a slippery slope huh? Although, I think I would enjoy having part of my favorite novels with me all the time (as long as I have another copy anyway!).
The look of all of this jewelry is so modern and fresh and it’s just made from old book pages and laminate. But, of course, being the crafty people that we are, there are a lot of projects out there that use the same medium to create equally beautiful, but slightly less complicated, jewelry. AllFreeBeadedJewelry.com has some fun book projects if these inspired you and you want to create your own recycled book jewelry.
Love books but don’t want to cut into one of your favorites like me? Make your own adorable miniature book pendants. They’re perfect for me, but I would probably write in the title of my favorite stories. But this would also make a cute gift for a Lit major or your favorite book nerd! I just assume most book nerds like anything book related right?
If you’re not worried about cutting up some classics, you can follow this easy tutorial on how to make a necklace out of book pages where you can still read some of your favorite parts! I love how fun and shabby chic this necklace is and when you read through the tutorial you realize it takes very little time to put together! You can add this on the to-do list to make as gifts to your book loving friends as well!
So tell us, what do you think of these novel jewelry pieces? Would you tear up your favorite copy to create a pretty bracelet?