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DIY: Tips to Design Eco- friendly Jewelry

With the environment crisis reaching a whole new level of alarming, many people have been forced to reconsider their lifestyle choices and the ways they contribute to so much environmental wastage. Of course, no one wants to live under constant threat of a disaster. 

Thus, it is only right that we start to reclaim our lives by making changes in our everyday routines. The smallest and most insignificant of things can contribute to this. One need not take drastic measures; one can take small steps towards reducing wastage. These steps can add up to have a considerable impact on the toxicity that surrounds us on a daily basis.

In this scenario, what does one do if one is a consumer at heart and desires ‘things’ like jewelry?

It’s quite simple.

There is no need to completely abandon one’s desires: not only is that next to impossible but also ill- advised if done in a hurry. Instead, one can find ways to conflate these wishes with eco- friendly ideas. This way, one need not feel guilty about indulging oneself.

This trend of making eco- friendly jewelry at home, instead of buying regular silver, gold or compact silver sterling handmade jewelry is gaining lots of popularity. It reduces wastage and is very light on the pocket. Moreover, it takes minimal effort and acts as a quirky and thoughtful style statement.

Let us look at some ways in which one can make eco- friendly jewelry at home:

Reuse: The first step towards crafting your own jewelry is to reuse stuff. It is the best way to ensure that this costs you almost nothing. The beads from your previous necklaces, the hangings from the earrings, scraps from other such things should be kept and creatively put together to make new pieces. For instance, the designs of a broken pair of earrings can be used as pendants or even attached to bracelets. Or, cut your broken necklace short and create bracelets and anklets. This way, you have new jewelry without paying for it.

Recycle: This is the basic tenet of addressing wastage. You can recycle a hundred different things around the house to craft into little pieces of eco- friendly jewelry. For instance, the pop- tops from soda cans can be great bases to create earrings with beads or stones attached to them. Similarly, buttons are a great way to make jewelry, be it bracelets, necklaces, earrings or the likes. You can also paint them or cover them with colorful threads to make them vibrant.

Try Multi- Functionality: It is always a great idea to extract a lot of functions from the same thing. This way your jewelry is new and serves more than one purpose. For example, you can use bobby pins to create a necklace, simply with thread and different colored pins. It looks great with dresses and also serves the basic purpose of a bobby pin.

Go Eccentric: Making eco- friendly jewelry gives you a huge window to up your quirk factor. For instance, little circuit boards from discarded appliances make for awesome earrings. Similarly, tiny pencils, sharpened to the maximum, can be made into eye- catchy earrings.  

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