No, wait... that's not quite right... well, I mean, it is, but it's not the word I want to talk about.
Today's word is Junk.
As much as I love to use fancy rocks and beautiful gems and whimsical glass, there is something to be said for creating something beautiful out of practically nothing. I believe that the term now is called "upcycling"-- using things that would have otherwise been discarded, for an entirely new purpose.
My mom picked up a pair of earrings down in Florida, made from soda can tabs and shells:
|Thanks for sending me the photo, Mom! Love you lots <3|
On Pinterest, you can find many more things like this-- a ring made out of an old fork, a bracelet made out of old credit cards or gift cards, a bracelet made out of knitting needles, beads made out of old rulers, a bracelet made out of tape measures, a necklace out of old book pages...
|Oh... I almost forgot... they have beads made out of paper, too! This example used Archie comics... I wonder who made it? They must be an AMAZING artist, and a wonderful handmade jeweler~ hee hee hee!|
I love getting deals at thrift stores and bargains at yard sales. It's the thrill of the hunt-- the idea of finding something special that I can use for a project, something that has been discarded by someone else.
On my most recent thrift store expedition, I found two very interesting objects at an absolute steal-- less than $5 for both--
|Or at least, I think it's a bird... either that or a fish...|
|And "found object" number two-- a brass bracelet, with black and white resin centers!|
My family always said that one man's trash is another man's treasure, and I couldn't agree more. Before you throw something away, think not what it is today, but what it *could* be.
See you all tomorrow. Happy creating!