Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Polyethylene Goggles for the metal hypersensitive members of the community

Allergic contact dermatitis due to metal hypersensitivity effects any where from 5 to 25 percent of the human population.

Being one of those effected by a mild nickel allergy I went to work to design goggles that had no metal parts.

These lovely goggles will not clash with a lab coat or a fine leather trench coat.

The goggles are hand crafted from reclaimed recycled soda plastic. The beads, lens, and lens frames are handmade by me. The large green beads are hand colored in a variety of shades of green and brown. The smaller beads and frames come from naturally brown plastic. The lens are attached to the frames with a bit of artificial sinew. There nose bridge can fleck to fit a variety of face styles. The band to go around the head is has elastic quality for easy removal. The lens are from naturally green plastic and have been edged in a darker green.

The lens can be changed out for a brown or clear as needed.

------- Please note these are not true safety goggles. They are sturdy but I will not be held legally responsible for random acts of mad science or high adventure.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Almost Sapphire Brooch - Recycled Soda Bottle Plastic

Been working on trying to make my beads look more natural and this is what I cam up with.

This was made from recycle plastic. I colored the plastic with various shades of blue to produce a sapphire effect.

I am very happy with the results. I also think this is one of my best jewelry photos to date.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This That and the other shop part 2

Well the shop has decided to close it doors. So I will be picking up my stuff on Saturday. La sigh.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Recycled, Reclaimed on Etsy - Toys and Minutares

When I feel the creative vibe leave me, I window shop through etsy. No I do not do this to steal ideas or too copy cat. It is more like looking at fine painting and going " Hey those colors look great together I should make a necklace with those colors". So here are some picks from the Doll section. These use recycled, upcycled and reclaimed stuff. Enjoy. - has a bunch of cute junk bugs and angels - Made from reclaim yarn and cute as a button. - Made from reclaim sweaters. Love the fact that the colors are monocromatic. Ussually patchwork stuff clashes so much it looks garish. - I ussually like the recycled stuff that doesnt scream recycled, but it has grown on me. - Doll wardrobe made from an old jewelry box. I just love this idea. I have never found these things to be good for there entended purpose, glad someone finally has.

Well that all I have for now, hope you enjoy.

Trash is renewable reasource, we just need to figure out what to do with it

This That and the other shop

I now have some of my stuff on consignment at the shop This That and the Other. The shop is at 18771 FM 2252 San Antonio, TX 78266. So if your in the San Antonio area feel free to check it out. They will have different but similar stuff from my etsy shop. Last thing I want to do is sell the same item twice.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Ring Stand Part 2

Well do to the super stinky nature of melted number 5 plastic. I went back to the drawing board and came up with new stand. This comes from a juice bottle. I used a juice bottle over a soda bottle, they tend to made of thicker plastic. This is number 1 plastic. You could probley use number 2 plastic, but I find number 2 is hard to cut with scissors and has a nasty edge when cut with a hot knife.

1. Trace the outline of each hand. I did it as if I was holding it with both hands. With my middle finger almost touching the brim. Basically a way you would never handle a bottle in real life. I also trace a bit of my arm at the bottom for bracelets.

3. Now just cut out the outline.

I did leave a bit at the bottom to make a bowl/tray for loose stuff. On the pick above you can see the left over bit. What I love about this is because you are using your own hands for measurements it will fit your rings. The red ring above is a size 16 us. I happen to have large fingers. If you want something that looks less modern just cover the hands with an old pair of gloves. You could also punch some holes in palm for earrings.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Easy Ring Stand

Been working on making various jewelry display. Planning on doing a craft show at some point and need something to display my jewelry on.

I love the ring stands from

Though the price is more than reasonable at $3.50 plus shipping. Getting the 20 to 30 I would need was a bit out of my shoe string budget.

So keeping with my recycled reclaimed reincarnated theme I came up with this

This is a bottle cap with a V groove cut into it and a diamond shaped piece of soda can sticking out of it. I used my hot knife to cut the V. One note the plastic that these lids are made of is super stinky when melted. Even doing it in a well ventilated room I can only cut about 3 caps before needing to move on to something else.