Upcycled yet stylish

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I like contrasts; contrasting materials, colors, textures or natures. Things that, at first sight, don’t seem to belong together due to their very different natures. My vinyl record and foil collection is reminiscent of that attraction for contrasts as there is a sure duality in the materials I use for my designs. That interest for contrasts really comes to life as I combine the dark with the metallic, the discarded with the noble, the sturdy with the delicate, the sharp geometric with the uneven abstract.

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The noble, delicate and abstract gold, copper and silver foils.

You get the picture.

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The upcycled, dark and geometric vinyl record pieces. Soon to become unique minimalist long necklaces with a bold touch of metallic.

The creation process is often punctuated by that hard-to-explain deep feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction from successfully combining different materials. By “successfully”, I mean “to my taste”. Oh, don’t get me wrong; I have aborted ideas many times. When I’m happy with the designs, I just share them to the world via my two Etsy shops. Hey World! Why not check them out right here: www.danajewellery.etsy.com and www.lescreationsdana.etsy.com

A bit of aqua, lime and Nana

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Vinyl record stud earrings in the making

Tender aqua and bright lime green; colors reminiscent of warm summer days.

Lime in your drink, by the pool.
Limes on your dress, by the sea.
Lime popsicles, in the park.

The warm days are nearly here and I have been looking for brightly colored vinyl record labels to bring a bit of sunshine to my Etsy shop. So I went to my record pile and started digging for the colorful labels. Well, I know, I am not your typical record digger as you probably figured out.

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“A POPS SERENADE”, handcrafted from the BOSTON POPS ORCHESTRA vinyl record. Truly one of a kind!

Handcrafted one by one from random and rather obscure vinyl records, these stud earrings are truly one of a kind. They feature bits of design and/or names of songs from the original labels.

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Oh and there’s no need to worry, record lovers out there, as no collectible records are used in the making of my jewelry. So no Beatles or Rolling Stones or Pink Floyd records are sacrificed for the sake of making jewelry. I rather use a lot of old Christmas records and a lot –a lot- of Nana Mouskouri ones. Oh Nana, how much fun we’ve had sticking your big framed eyes into our own glasses.

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I’m using a Nana Mouskouri record sleeve at the moment as a “working board” in the workshop. Oh things happen when your work table is full of old record sleeves. Eh Nana?

My vinyl record nugget pendant is getting some attention. Yay!

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*Super Yay!* My vinyl record and silver metallic foil pendant has made it to the finals of the Uncommon Goods Jewelry Design Contest. Voting is still open and you can give me the thumbs up here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/voting/product/58587/vinyl-record-nugget-pendant . At this point voting is just for fun as the judges will be the ultimate deciders on which design will be represented by Uncommon Goods. Wish me luck!      ————–

Wahoo! Mon pendantif en disque vinyle recyclé et papier métallique s’est rendu en finale du concours de design de bijoux du site Uncommon Goods! Il est encore possible de voter en me donnant un “thumbs up” ici: http://www.uncommongoods.com/voting/product/58587/vinyl-record-nugget-pendant . On vote pour le plaisir puisque ce sont les juges qui auront le dernier mot … oh roulement de tambour jusqu’à la semaine prochaine. À suivre…

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