I have to say, this RE-Love challenge from Michaels has been so much fun! I’m so glad that I went a little outside of my comfort zone and tried something new. I’ve never worked with metal before so learning how to work with metal was both challenging and rewarding. (see my first post here to see the beginnings of my project and more).
One of my favorite parts about crafting with new materials, in this case, recycled materials, is the learning process. At first I thought, “hey, this will be easy peasy!” but I found out quickly that improvising is one of the best parts about crafting. Plus, now that I’ve figured out how to create my project, now you can too!
I decided to add some more materials from my last post. These included beads, hemp, thread, suede, and feathers from Michaels. I love jewelry making in general, so it’s no surprise that I have boxes and boxes of jewelry supplies that need organization. This also means I have pieces of broken jewelry and other materials available to be re-used. To make this recycling project use even more “recycled” materials, I gathered up some pieces of beach glass and shells from a recent trip to California.
I love the beach. I’ve combed beaches with my family for years searching for pieces of beach glass. Although the glass comes from broken beer and wine bottles left on the beach or thrown into the water, the water polishes these pieces smooth and makes them beautiful. It’s like the water is choosing to do a recycling project of its own. I used wire and wrapped the little pieces of glass and made them into mini charms to go with the spoon pendant.
I made two pendants and each resulted in two very different styled necklaces. The first necklace I made I braided part of the chain with blue hemp cord. To hide the ends of the hemp cord, I wrapped them with dark red embroidery floss which gives the necklace a summery feeling in my opinion. I added green beach glass, a key, and a red feather. This stainless steel spoon pendant says “Live, Laugh, Love.”
The next spoon I tried was a silver spoon. The look was quite different and it definitely required a different style. Remember that Inscriblio tool? Well, I finally got the hang of it and started engraving on my pieces. I found that it was easier to engrave in swirls and curving lines than it was to try more uniform shapes. This is the pendant that I stamped to say “Create” which I thought was quite fitting for the project. I wanted to use gold with this pendant for some reason. It’s been common to see combinations of different colored metals as long as the combination is balanced. So I used a gold chain and a gold key to balance the silver. I added a bird pendant with seed beads, a blue feather, and white beach glass.
My goal is to not let the rest of the spoon go to waste. So my first attempt was to make a bracelet from the handle. I stamped “Love” and inscribed swirly flowers to match the pendant. I plan to try making a spoon ring too. Here is my first bracelet!
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my RE-Love project! I am looking forward to making more spoon pendants in the near future!