I really enjoy finding a new purpose for something that would otherwise have gone into the trash and saving it from landfill. In all my shops I mostly, reuse, recycle and upcycle materials where I can.
Upcycle: “to process (used goods or waste material) so as to produce something that is often better than the original”
Up-cycling is a term that was born in the mid-1990s and has grown increasingly popular in recent years. It means that you take a product and re-use it in a way that retains or even improves the quality of the item. As someone with a DIY business, it is smart to make the choice to up-cycle materials because it’s good for your business image and good for the earth around you.
Here are the top ten reasons to use up-cycled materials in your handmade business: Go to Handmadeology
More Mademoiselle Collette brooches I have been working on lately
“MADEMOISELLE COLLETTE ”
Hand-made brooches with French Mademoiselle’s wearing 1950’s “Mode Française” I made the brooch from archival boards recycled from my framing pile and French paper .
Brooch approx. 1.5’x 2.5” – 3.4 x 6cm.
Brooch pin nickel free.
You can see them all here and more of my jewellery
INSPIRATION I named this piece after a little cathedral I ventured into on “Rue Genivieve” in Asnieres France also, my French name is Genivieve.This gorgeous assemblage necklace is one of a kind. I created it from an antique broken rosary.
In the middle of the mother of pearl beads, lay a silver cross with Jesus and the word “Italy” stamped on the reverse, next to the cross I have added a vintage filigree piece where 2 crystal beads sit for shine. Finished off with a vintage silver chain for a double fall.
Length -18 inches – 46 cm.
Simple, yet stylish, old world charm with a contemporary French feel.
You won’t see this anywhere else!
This piece has been sold but hop over to Atelierinparis
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