Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Under the heading of Recycling.........

I love being able to use recycled items in my jewelry.  Not only does it stretch my imagination muscles, it's good for the earth.  So, imagine happening on a solid stainless steel chain link length perfect for a bracelet. Just sitting there.  Seriously.  I asked, but nobody wanted it.  For anything.  I was told it was a part that had been replaced.  It was going to be thrown out. So, what would you do? Yup, me too.  I used it. 

I love working with steel.  I've made quite a few pieces with steel wire, and while it's a tough wire to work with (oh my poor, poor little fingers) the results are worth it.  I use only the annealed steel wire, which comes in black (I get it from my wonderful local Ace Hardware - a big shout out to Audettes)..........which doesn't always match what I'm using it with.  Thanks to the wonderful and generous Deryn Boyd Mentock I learned that using some sandpaper on the black annealed steel wire will strip the black off it (leaving a nice patina, I would like to add here) so it will blend well with all you want to use it with.

As I said, the chain was the perfect length for a bracelet.  I had some turquoise rondelles, some vintage AB crystals, turquoise colored seed beads, and some Chinese crystals so I set to wrapping beads. 

Once I assembled the bracelet, it needed a clasp.  I had a lovely hook and loop sterling silver one that worked oh-so-well with the bracelet.

It feels fabulous on the wrist and catches the light at every turn.  Be careful while driving - it may catch your eye so much you forget to look at the road!!!

Oh yeah, and that steel chain.......I bet you wonder what it started it's life as?
Yep.  This is it.  Any guesses?


flyingbeader said...

LOL! You are the recycle extreme in my book! I never will be able to repair the toilet again without looking inside that tank wondering what I can make with the flapper chain again! Thanks.

mrs beadsley said...

Hey DOt - if this was a contest, you'd win for the quickest correct reply!!! Isn't it something when we look at every thing with a different eye! Oh, and by the way, I did polish and clean the chain before using!