Category Archives: Handmade

Boho Necklaces Sneak Peek

Working on some awesome new mix and match Boho beaded necklaces… They’re not ready to share quite yet, but here’s a sneak peek. Just look at those colors!

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Necklace Rehab at 9000things

We all have those things that we hang onto forever even though we rarely if ever use them. They live in the back of our closets and in the bottom of our junk drawers. We keep them because we have “emotions” and “memories” and that prom dress from 15 years ago that is stained and will never fit again and was only relevant in the 90s has SENTIMENTAL VALUE, okay??!!

Junior Prom Dress - white polyester with glitter dots and rhinestone straps

*white polyester with glitter dots and rhinestone straps, two side slits, plus a sheer white shoulder wrap.

This especially applies to wardrobe pieces and in particular: jewelry. It might be broken, or outdated or there’s only really one thing about it that you like. But still it remains, totally neglected, tangled in a jewelry box on a dresser.

You need:

Necklace Rehab by 9000 things

This isn’t an entirely new concept: most of the things I make are from pieces of old and broken jewelry. There are blogs like A New Dress A Day and others who transform tired clothing into adorable, trendy outfits. The Stuffed Animal Hospital is indeed a thing.

Camille (a friend) had this vintage Mardi Gras necklace with beautiful glass beads. The clasp was broken, which is easily fixable, but Camille has the best taste in jewelry around and she’s always rocking something unusual and awesome. The necklace had a lot of potential, but needed a serious makeover.

Of course, I lost the before photo (like a boss). But it looked approximately like this:

Vintage Mardi Gras Beads at Necklace Rehab | 9000 things

I borrowed that photo from an ebay store that sells vintage mardi gras beads.

On the basic concept that Things Look Better When Organized, I took the beads apart and rearranged them, added some vintage chain I had hanging around, made a pendant with the larger, unique beads and made this badass, asymmetrical retake on the classic Mardi Gras necklace.

Vintage Mardi Gras Beads After Necklace Rehab | 9000 things

Hope you enjoy your new necklace, Camille!

Got a necklace that you adore, but never wear?
Jewelry need a facelift?
Get at me!

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Tribal Inspired One of a Kind Necklaces

Admittedly, outside influence has an effect on the designs of the recent one off necklaces at 9000things. The popularity of tribal designs/patterns/themes has engulfed my maker brain, and here are the results: lots of triangles, copper, beading, wood, turquoise and gold.

Double Triangle Stone and Copper Tribal Inspired Necklace | made from vintage and upcycled jewelry by 9000things
Double Triangle Stone and Copper Necklace

This first one is my absolute favorite. Those two mint green stone triangle beads came off a small bracelet and they’re the only ones I have…

Beaded Tribal Inspired Necklaces | made from vintage and upcycled jewelry by 9000things
Beaded Tribal Inspired Necklaces
Wooden Bar Tribal Inspired Necklace | made from vintage and upcycled jewelry by 9000things
Wooden Bar Necklace
Three Ornate Gold Spikes Tribal Inspired Necklace | made from vintage and upcycled jewelry by 9000things
Ornate Golden Spike Necklace

Love that random wooden bar that I found mixed in with a bunch of vintage pieces. It makes a simple and lovely minimalist necklace.

Fringe and Gold Gatsby Inspired Necklaces | made from vintage and upcycled materials by 9000things
Fringe and Gold Crossover Tribal/Gatsby Inspired Necklaces

These last gold chain and fringe necklaces are right in the middle of two styles: half tribal, half art deco. See, I just saw The Great Gatsby and I’m pretty sure I’m about to fall headlong into a 1920s Art Deco obsession.

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Ringgg: How It’s Made

Make Something Awesome!

[Update: Ringgs will be available on Sundays starting May 5th at the SoWa Open Market in Boston as well as regularly on my etsy site.]

My favorite part of making Ringggs is explaining to people how they’re made and watching as they register the familiar material that they’re holding in their hand. Then we have a conversation about how cool it is to transform something old and discarded into something new and beautiful.

Ringgg - Upcycled Jewelry from Discarded Telephone Wire - by 9000things

It starts with a plentiful and mostly obsolete material: coiled telephone cord. And a lot of it.

Telephone cord is recyclable. However, the amount of copper inside coiled phone cord is so small, it’s barely worth the energy to separate it. And I think this is a better solution anyway!

Ringgg - Upcycled Discarded Telephone Cords - 9000things

I get these cords everywhere! I have friends at recycling centers who will save them for me. I’ve gotten cords from many universities in Boston. Also: thrift shops, yard sales, FreeCycle and, straight up, the trash.

First, I cut the cords into smaller, Ringgg-sized coils. This part is fun because I find endless combinations of bright colors on the inside.

Ringgg - Upcycled Telephone Cords Stripped - 9000things

Most follow the standard: black, red, green and yellow seen above. But some are clear, some striated, some matte. Then there are crazy tropical colors, neutral pastels, 80s neons, sparkly copper… pretty much everything you see on my blog. (check out here and here and my shop here)

The rubber is stripped off of both sides, leaving one coil of sheathing intact in the middle to serve as an adjustable ring band. Wrap the band under one finger…

Ringgg - Upcycled Telephone Cords as Jewelry - 9000things

…Pull and twist the wires and VOILA! You’re ready to wear your Ringgg!

The curliness from the telephone cord is permanently fixed in the Ringgg, making it fun to play with, but durable. It’s like having a tiny interactive sculpture on your finger.

Ringgg - Upcycled Jewelry from Industrial Materials - by 9000things

And that’s how it’s made! Awesome, right?

*Just a note: I’m posting this ‘how it’s made’ as a kind of Open Source technology. Feel free to learn from my ideas, to make a Ringgg for yourself or your friend, and to draw inspiration for your own DIY upcycle projects.

It would be awesome if you don’t steal my original idea and try to sell it. This is my baby, and I’m really proud of it. If you’d like to sell Ringggs, contact me for wholesale or a license agreement. Don’t be that guy.

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Suede Fringe Necklaces

Another sneak peek of new necklaces coming to the SoWa Open Market – which opens in just 2 short weeks!!

These tribal-inspired fringe necklaces are made with brightly dyed suede cord and strung on reused mashup chains from vintage, old and broken jewelry.

Suede Fringe Necklace Sneak Peek - 9000 things

Perfect upcycled necklaces for summer!

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Learning to Weave on a Loom

By the way, I’m also taking a weaving course right now. Here’s my very first attempt at weaving!

Learning to weave on a loom - 9000things

I’m going for an ombre effect, from cream to mint green to turquoise with a bold pink salmon/peach stripe at the neck of what I assume is going to be a scarf?

Weaving is fun! Highly recommend.

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Sneak Peek: New Remix Necklaces

Vintage Beads + Repurposed Chains

Check out these colorful new Remix Necklaces from our Spring 2013 Collection which we’ll be showing at the SoWa Open Market in Boston starting May 5th.

Big Bead Remix Necklaces 1 - 9000 things

Big Bead Remix Necklaces 2 - 9000 things

Big Bead Remix Necklaces 3 - 9000 things

Each necklace is about 26″ and combines large spherical vintage beads in bright, cheery colors and a recombinant chain made from old and broken jewelry. We’re ready for spring!

 

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Ringgg: With Bling

Check out the Original Ringgg Collection here.

Shortly after launching Ringgg, I started experimenting with new materials and came up with these blinged out beauties featuring Czech glass beads in bold colors and geometric cuts.

They’re so fancy looking!

Jeweled Ringggs Sneak Peek 9000 things

Not sure where the idea for these came from, but I was playing a whole lot of Bejeweled around that time… hmmmm

These sparkly Ringggs are so fun and I just love how they catch the light and the attention of people passing by. Ringggs with bling from the Spring/Summer 2012 collection are on Etsy here.

Enjoy!

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Ringgg: The Beginning

Used Telephone Wire: Design Project

In February 2012, I first launched Ringgg on Etsy. This design project has roots in my art school days when I made sculptures from parallel cable wires and other discarded materials from the IT department.

So I had a big bag full of used coiled telephone cords left over that were collecting dust in my closet. Telephone cords can be recycled, but the minute amount of copper that is captured is barely worth the process.

Weeks of cutting rubber and stripping wire and it came to me that the materials were perfectly suited for making repurposed rings. Several iterations later, I had an elegant and simple solution and thus Ringgg was born.

Reused telephone cords become colorful rings - Ringgg by 9000 things

The most surprising thing about these old wires is the large breadth of colors used throughout the history of telephone cordage. Contemporary wires are grey and white. Boring.

But back in the 80s, a creative engineer somewhere decided to go heavy on the neons and by the 90s we have some pretty awesome color combinations including lime green and magenta. The 2000s introduced clear coated copper (so futuristic) and variations on that theme.

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