Recycled Necklaces

If you want to break free of the “same-old, same-old,” I encourage you to check out Novica.  Novica is somehow connected with the National Geographic and it is a website full of fair trade treasures.  They work with artisans around the world helping them bring their crafts to a marketplace and earn a sustainable living.  On the site, there are loads of interesting, unusual jewelry, clothing, handbags and some gift items.  For example, I saw many chess sets and desk accessories.  Here’s some of my favs:

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This necklace is centered by a cow bone pendant surrounded by terracotta and sese wood beads. Colorful beads recycled from plastic bottles and vinyl discs. $34.99 at Novica

 


 

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The necklace is crocheted by hand with beads recycled from plastic bottles and vinyl records.
$67.99 at Novica

 


 

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This stylish sophisticated necklace combines sleek glass beads crafted of recycled glass with recycled plastic disks.

Recycled Robots – for your inner automoton

Found art with personality! First up is Etsy artist, Ken Swallow who creates his “KenBots” in his “Bot Cave” down near Tampa, FL. His artwork runs the gamut of creatures, motorcycles, and ROBOTS. Many of his pieces have a steampunk influence. Very creative and wonderfully inventive! Check out his website at www.kenbots.com or his Etsy Store at http://www.etsy.com/shop/KensArt

 


 

Next stop is artist Branimir Misic from Sherbrooke, QC, Canada. His bio mentions that he is a mechanical engineer and has been working on mixed media sculptures from recycled objects for over 30 years. His creations are true works of art. Check out his Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BranMixArt

 


 

Next up is Will Wagenaar from Reclaim2Fame who has been featured on GreatGreenGoods previously. He is a Floridian who has been creating with recycled re-purposed materials for more than 30 years. His work always communicates the powerful message of creative reuse. You can view his creatures on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/willwagenaar/ or read his blog at: http://willwagenaar.tumblr.com/. You can view his Etsy shop here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/reclaim2fame

 


 

Cheri Kudja from Hollywood FL loves to tinker with small found objects, hardware & jewelry scraps and has a special fondness for spark plugs & lugnuts. Her creations generally contain at least 75% of recycled or upcycled items. LOTS of personality in these robots! She can be found on Etsy at BittiBots: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ckudja

 


 

From Erica Elgin who has a degree in sculpture from Portland State University. All of her robots have names and a backstory. Her site is bubbling with enthusiasm. Erica obviously had a lot of fun making these creatures. Her Etsy site is here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/enca

 


 

Want to create your own robots? Buy the book!
Available on Amazon

Recycled crayons for the inner artist


Who can resist to sit down and color? I bet I could find the time to play with crayons, if I had this great set with all the colors! These are shaped like stars and are made from 100% recycled materials (I guess they are made from other crayons!) All non-toxic materials. Each star is about 2 inches length …with 5 points.
$10.50 at Amazon for 20 colorful stars

 


 

If stars aren’t your thing …how about ice cream cones?

$14.00 at RedElmDesigns Etsy Shop for 14 ice cream cone crayons

 


 

Or fish?

$13.50 at RedElmDesigns Etsy Shop for 15 fish shaped crayons

 


 

This etsy artist have every shape imaginable…See recycled crayons in the shape of airplanes, penquins, cupcakes, dragons!

 


 

Etsy artist art2theextreme has a different take on recycled crayons and jumbles all the colors together in one shape. I like these better!! …it is more creative, less controlled and more open to chance! We’re talking about coloring after all!! …we’re supposed to go outside the lines!

$7.00 at art2theextreme Etsy Shop for set of 3 recycled crayons

 


 


$7.50 at art2theextreme etsy shop for a set of 9 Recycled Crayons – el Dia de los Muertos

 

Perfect for favors or little gifts for your friends!

 

Want to make your own recycled crayons?

 

Here’s a place to recycle your old unloved crayons>>

 

Recycled Tennis Balls

Recycled Tennis Ball Cuff Links


These look to be beautifully made and only with the best of ingredients. The recycled tennis balls look brand new, however you can be sure they have lost their bounce and no new tennis balls are harmed in the making of these cufflinks! The carefully hand cut ball is button set with the seam in the middle in a silver toned tarnish and scratch resistant base metal with a high shine and a good weight. This etsy artist, CraftyRascal, specializes in cuff links from recycled materials and has a great design created out of upcycled wine cork.
$39.00 at CraftyRascal’s Etsy Shop

 


 

Recycled Tennis Ball Round/Compact Change Holder


Makes finding your change wicked easy to find in your purse. This change holder is handmade from 100% recycled tennis ball and lined with a colorful fabric.
$18.50 at MANIkordstudio’s Etsy Shop

 


 


Iphone case made from recycled tennis ball. Lined with fabric and offers good protection from bumping, banging and dropping.
$30.00 at MANIkordstudio’s Etsy Shop