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Showing posts with label beer can jewelry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label beer can jewelry. Show all posts

Upcycle: Tin-Can Tree {pendant}

Some time last month I walked out of a store with a 4-pack chosen specifically for the extraordinary can design. The description "brewed with Kaffir lime leaves, Lemongrass and Coriander" didn't hurt. Neither did the "organic" pedigree. So I figured I'd like the beer. But I was smitten with the can. 

Turns out I LOVE the beer. And I'm really happy with my little Earth Day pendant (enter to win it here). If you're interested in making one yourself, follow these basic instructions for working with aluminum cans. Beyond the basics, I simply drew and cut a tree base then positioned the leaves. Not much more I can add!

Giveaway: Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day fellow Earthlings!  Considering the focus of my blog, it would be odd if I didn't mark the day in some special way. So I took inspiration from my latest favorite material (aluminum cans) and made some nature-inspired jewelry to give you. 

Giveaway: Finch's Threadless Jewelry

For the last week, I've been posting Finch's Threadless jewelry tutorials. Now, I'm giving away a little set of the goodies I made: the pin/hair accessory, simple pendant and earrings. If you missed the instructions (and/or want to see lots of additional images of what you can win), here are the links again:

1. Teardrop earrings

2. Pin / Hair clip

3. Simple pendant

4. Statement geometric necklace

Upcycle: Finch's Threadless IPA Geometric necklace

Here's the third and final installment in the series of Finch's Threadless tutorials... a statement geometric necklace. I really love this piece - lots of work but worth it, I think!

For all the basics of working with aluminum cans please see this tutorial. However, DO NOT apply dimensional magic until you've made all the holes in the beads. Read on...

Upcycle: The Finch's Threadless Collection

If you know me (or you've read my bio) then you know I love good beer. Emphasis on good... really good. And since I live in Chicago, I'm spoiled for choice when it comes to local craft breweries, creating amazing brews. Great branding (visual design and names) seems to go hand-in-hand with craft brewing. I'm always entertained (and impressed by) the packaging, the quirky names and the rich, fun descriptions of each beer.

Finch's has been around since 2009. I'm no expert, but they seem to have made their mark very quickly!  And the collaboration with Threadless in 2011 (to create a branded IPA) produced not only a great beer, but a really inspiring collection of designs. When I saw the winning can, I thought jewelry! Yup. I really did. Ever since I posted a collection of "upcycled can" ideas, I've been wanting to try it myself. Apparently I finally found my inspiration! So, over the course of the next week, I'll post tutorials for each of the pieces you see above. As each one goes live, so will the links below so please check back!

1. Teardrop earrings

2. Pin / Hair clip

3. Simple pendant

4. Statement geometric necklace