THERE are plenty of buzzwords around the social media these days, and one of the most commonly used in handmade circles is ‘upcycled‘, but what does it really mean?
Defined as the process of re-using ‘useless’ or ‘redundant’ materials in the manufacture of items with greater value, particularly environmental, upcycling is as old as the hills.
Perhaps the best way is to illustrate the point for you. This post contains three images of three separate pieces of jewellery, all made from the one source item.
Before I ripped it apart, it was a fork. A rather nice, hallmarked silver-plated fork that once belonged to a whole set of cutlery it was long since separated from.
The little elephant brooch (above) formed from the fork’s tines is a design you see at a lot of silver jewellery stalls.
I am sure it was invented centuries ago by great lateral thinker whose name we’ll never know!
The pendant (left) is crafted from the fork handle, capitalising on the embossed design created by skilled craftspeople that came before me.
I think you’ll agree this is a much better context for their work than the bottom of a forgotten tray of cutlery at Vinnies!
As I am often heard to say, about the unique wearable art that can be upcycled from perfectly good materials that you’ll find in abundance at the average op-shop: ‘Find me another one!’
Check out my complete range at one of my market stalls, or go to my Facebook page for other purchasing options, such as my online store.
You’ll find glass bottle stoppers, sink plugs, Cuisenaire rods, game tokens and plenty more upcycled materials transformed into unique wearable art!