What should I be doing instead of this?
July 15th, 2009 By Jac Kern | The Morning After | Posted In: DIY

Recycled Jewelry: Hot or Not?


Last spring when I was in school full time, working two jobs, I envisioned a craftalicious summer ahead of me. Well, school’s been out for a month, one of my jobs went out of business and I still do not have anything handmade to show for myself. Major fail. So this week I’ve punctuated my job searching with crafting plans and I got totally inspired by this book, which I received for Christmas:

AlternaCrafts: 20  Hi-Style Lo-Budget Projects to Make

Of all my crafting guides, this one is really cool because all the projects are relatively practical, inexpensive to make and can be made from junk in your closet. Love it!

The bottle cap necklace on the cover caught my eye, so I checked out the book’s tutorial for it. Since I can’t really afford to buy some of the supplies like Epoxy resin, and since I just don’t follow directions well, I decided to make my own versions of bottle cap jewelry. I used super glue, Mod Podge decoupage glue (or as I call it, craft cocaine. It’s amazing), some random doo-dads I found in my craft closet, magazine clippings and Barbie doll clothing and accessories. A few years ago I found an abandoned 1960s Barbie trunk in my apartment’s basement. Needless to say, I snatched it and have been using its wonderful contents for projects and decorating my new apartment. But that’s another story!

Here are some pendants. I plan on attacting them to chain necklaces:


 These are a few pairs of earrings:

Cream and Sugar?


One complete earring I rigged up:

Who's that?

I seriously can’t stop making these. I’ll entertain a few friends just to swipe their beer bottle caps and start decoupaging on the spot!  These are really fun and pretty simple to make. The best part is all I had to buy was the hardware to attach the caps to earrings and necklaces.

Now my question is whether or not these bad boys are ready to leave my dining room table and hit the streets. I’m looking for some honest feedback here, so don’t hold back!

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