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A group dedicated to adornments created from reclaimed, recycled and re-purposed materials. Share photos, ideas, constructive criticism and a love for turning nothing into something.

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Comment by Alison Bailey Smith on March 23, 2012 at 3:41pm

I am again doing the de-junk, re-junk exhibition in Birkenhead Park Visitors Centre in the North West of England but again limited to Merseyside artists. have been running public free workshops in the lead up to the exhibition in July, raising awareness of the potential of "rubbish". I arranged a trip to the local recycling sorting plant to inspire them all.  Currently, working a community project called "Welly Road Gets the Boot in!" which is more about gardening than art really...but being artistic in the display.

Comment by Ethical Metalsmiths on March 23, 2012 at 11:17am

Hi,

Are you looking for a combination of those materials or casting grain for each one? To my knowledge no supplier of jewelry materials has certified their base metals, such as copper and zinc (basic components of brass) for recycled content. Those certifications have only been sought out for silver, gold, platinum and palladium. If you have a business license, Hoover and Strong is a good source. If you don't have a business license you can order from Rio Grande - consider calling Rio Grande for specific recycling information on their metals, you might find that they have what you are looking for.

No matter what, always ask your supplier for what you want / expect, that's the only way that the industry will continue to change.

All the best and send an email to mail@ethicalmetalsmiths.org letting us know what you discover.

Best,
Christina Miller

Comment by Susan Crow / East Fourth Street on March 23, 2012 at 10:00am

Hi Heather,

Thanks for the tip, I will ask Christine. And I'm already all signed up on her great Green Jewelry Newsletter.

Comment by Susan Crow / East Fourth Street on March 16, 2012 at 11:52am

Hi,

I'm new to this group and wondering if any of you would share a source for recycled/reclaimed metal mixture for casting. A mix Of Copper, Zinc, Silver and Brass or something similar. Do any of you use this and have any recommendations? Thanks in advance!

Comment by Giardinoblu on July 24, 2011 at 12:16pm

Hi they're my most recent rings. they're make with fruits. :)

Comment by Alison Bailey Smith on July 3, 2011 at 5:41am
This is the information about the exhibition http://abscraft.blogspot.com/2011/06/current-press-release-for-de-j... and it's not too late for Merseyside artists to get involved. To submit work come to our networking event details here http://abscraft.blogspot.com/2011/06/hand-in-and-next-with-these-ha... or get in touch by email prior to the 11th of July. There are no cabinets so items of high value should not be submitted without a means to display them but this could take the form of a recycled frame that we can mount to the wall or attach to a plinth. All the displays are created out of old doors. We are expanding a little into the adjacent cafe too for some outreach work with local schools.
Comment by Alison Bailey Smith on July 3, 2011 at 5:37am
I am organising an exhibition mainly of artwork but there are some items of jewellery from recycled materials from myself, Brenda Sharp and John Hinchcliffe, John has blogged his transformation of my neighbours electrical wire into a chainmaille necklace http://www.anjodesigns.co.uk/section487010.html and this is Brenda's necklace of sticklebricks
Comment by Giardinoblu on June 23, 2011 at 6:12am

Hi Heather! Here in Milan we are still waiting for the real summer, but already we feel the fragrance, will be certainly a source of new inspiration!
Thank you for your question! "anphibious" is an encounter between some turnips, a shell and fossil sand.

http://ilgiardinoblu.blogspot.com/p/jewellery.html

 

 

enjoy the summer to everyone!!

Comment by carolina apolonia on April 18, 2011 at 3:48am
your amphibious piece is gorgeous!
Comment by Giardinoblu on April 18, 2011 at 3:35am

This necklace is called "amphibious"", it's developed from materials that are the fruit of the earth and the sea. 

I like to transform materials that appeal to me more to get them in my jewelry.

 

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A modern metalsmith/metal artist can be found working in traditional metals as well as in nontraditional materials. The designs can range from the classic to the extravagant, and the techniques can either be centuries old or decidedly current.

The wide range of expression preferences, design options, materials, and processes has lead within our field to unfavorable misconceptions, misunderstandings and in some cases even outright disdain between artists. Can the metal and jewelry field overcome its division and send out a much-needed signal?

We appreciate and respect our historical past and acknowledge that current materials have a rightful place in jewelry/object making!

Arriving at this message is the goal of this traveling exhibition opening at the SNAG conference in Boston 2015, Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco, CA - Aug 19 - Sept 20, 2015, Equinox Gallery, San Antonio, TX - Oct 16 - Nov 15, 2015, Baltimore Jewelry Center, Baltimore, MD - Dec 11, 2015 - Jan 08, 2016, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn, NY - Feb 5 - Mar 4, 2016, Thomas Mann's Gallery I/O April 1 - June 25, 2016.

DETAILS on exhibition premise, call for artists, submission guidelines.....

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