Friday, September 18, 2009

Recycle campaign earrings and brooch

Recycle logo earring are made out of two triangle shapes of yellow plastic and frame holder which is very sharp metal piece. Before I attached to plastic, I designed without any adhesive methods in this time. That is why I heat the metal piece then attached on the plastic so it could sink into plastic and stay securely. It worked well if I push enough to bottom and I could get good result this time. To avoid look like exactly the recycling logo, I filed the bottom of earring as its shape so that it has more decorative element. I sand blasted areas that I want to make semi-translucent for plastic and metal pieces as well. It brings attention to middle where the cubic zirconias are located. To attach these CZs, I drilled bur with same size of CZ then I used epoxy to it because I could not heat the silver. It will be oxidized the front side of silver and it will show through plastic which is I can not clean up. Using silver disk for the back of the earring gave brighter yellow color look.

For the brooch, I choose to use red color because green recycle logo color reminds me to think about environment but we have to keep this earth healthy for next generations. That is why I choose red color to show urgency. Also, little metal pieces are pointing out so it does not look recycle logo as earring. I like the color differences of parts. Middle of brooch is darker than other area because I used copper piece as background. I wanted to give different dimension so I filed all the corners of brooch. Czs are set in one side only to give asymmetrical view.

Monday, September 7, 2009


This first project, Recycle/ Reuse, I focused on making over of materials. I chose to use two things, a piece of lace, and another (I am sorry I don’t know its name). First, I tired to make a bouquet brooch with dried flower because I had some dried corn silk and dried flowers. I thought it will be good if I could arrange these materials and make a bouquet brooch. After I finished to make a bouquet, it looked good to me but it was not interesting enough because I used real flowers even thought I used corn silk to wrap flowers.

I change my mind to tear off dried flowers and make something out of it. I put petals upon another then glue it together. Then placed in a brass piece then I used epoxy to hold together. Then I made some curves for one material (they were straight) and put around petals so that they can look related (the petal’s shape). Then I cut two pieces of lace as its flower pattern. I glued them on the bottom of brooch then wrapped with dry plants around brass to have transition. I sprayed a lacquer over petal’s deep purple color so it looks shiner and could be hard enough to stay (but it is still fragile). Also, all the materials I used were natural and a lace piece is bringing together well. I enjoyed this project next post is going to be next project.