Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Eco-Friendly Leather Jewelry

I'm really excited about this post as you won't believe the amazing stuff I found - and of course it's all eco-friendly! Dress to impress this holiday season or find an amazing gift~
Here are some amazing finds from Etsy - they are all made using upcycled or scrap leather! Click the store names to visit their shops~

One-of-a-kind leather lace choker by Vietto

2 astounding necklaces by Mainichi
she offers free shipping until Xmas!

Fish scale cuff by Spectacle a la maison
free worldwide shipping until January 1st 2010!

Dark silver woven cuff by Straps NW

Unique and colorful jewelry and accessories by Meredith Eye's
awesome 'eye' bib necklace!

leather and upcycled chandelier crystal necklace, wow!

 spiky flower cuff

Two beautiful flower power bib necklaces

Check out these great reversible lacy recycled leather cuffs by TrilbyMade!

And lets not forget earrings!

Glamorous stud earrings by

Lightning gold wings by

leather loop earrings by

Long (9inches!) leather tassel earrings by Maelle

Sexy Amazon feather earrings by

Beautiful color and texture on these!

Leather is an interesting material both strong and flexible; like fabric that will not fray. It's relatively easy to cut into various shapes or to make long strips and fringes. You can even carve the thicker kind and burn designs on it. There is also an abundance of different colors and textures making it an especially interesting material for jewelry.  Make it even better by using readily available eco-friendly scrap leather on Etsy or from manufacturers of leather goods. You can also use vintage clothing, purses, wallets, belts etc.

Hopefully this has gotten your creative juices flowing! I think I'll dive back into that big bag of leather scraps I've had lying around forever:)

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Contest Winner!

Congratulations to Sabrina, my December 1st giveaway winner!

Amazing deep salmon colored Italian coral beads from an old discarded necklace...The color is a beautiful deep salmon which look stunning with a tiny pale blue pearl.
The small linked dark brass chain lengths add a touch of industrial / steam punk goodness!

These were made to promote using eco-friendly alternatives to using new real coral which is critically endangered .

The next giveaway will skip a month as everyone will be enjoying the holidays - stay tuned for what will be up for grabs February 1st!