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National Recycling Week-12th November

Reduce, re-use and recycle. The modern day mantra to save the planet as best we can from the shocking perils of humans living and consuming stuff. Recycling, in general, has some fairly depressing stats about its effectiveness, so reduction is definitely the way forward. We may all be doing the best we can to keep our earthly footprints lighter nowadays but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice our adornments. Many an ingenious jeweller can help us manage our conscience by being conscientiously conscious in the use of materials. So you can wear your awareness with your jewellery in the form of re-purposed pieces.

Bottle lids are the tops from Balenciaga this autumn. They may be using fancier materials than the humble container top, but this would keep this statement light on the lobes. Why not try your own version to keep it light on the pocket.

These lovelies from Misa Gelin at little anvil studios maybe everything and the kitchen sink in terms of style, which is good because that’s what they are made of, so delicate and cool but without the heavy burden of placing demand on new resources.

Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine, upcycled kitchen sink with silver findings, handmade for the consumer who wants to make an impact with their style not their substances.

Eco Blue Earrings

Guilt-free beauties, Eco Blue Earrings, reused materials made for a modern look.

E-Waste jewellery

Marcela Godoy makes the most of her wires in her e-waste project. The prolific architect, educator and interaction designer has many strings to her bow, from rapid design prototyping to creative computer coding with some projects resulting in wearables.

She encourages others to get a wireless connection and make their own e-waste jewellery necklace with online tutorials.

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Boxing clever, cardboard has never looked so elegant.

Recent Central St.Martins graduate Matilde Mozzanega’s beautiful collections look at sustainability and recycling. Creating natural looking objects from industrial cardboard. Pebble-like forms are shot with silver to give the game away but not the glamour.

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There are so many ways to be creative with pre-loved materials. So get scrappy with your scrap and learn how to recycle your silver jewellery by learning water casting or offcuts or connect without solder to bring found objects a new life on one of our courses.

 

Two new classes for you to try

As if moving to our new studio wasn’t enough excitement, we’re also launching a couple of brand new day classes – one in beading and wire and one in silver. Why not be among the first to sign up.

New class 1: Beginners Wire Weaving

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Kerry Bloom, who recently joined LJS as a wire wrapping tutor, specialises in this intricate and dramatic wire weaving technique and in the new class will be teaching students two types of weave and how to make hook and eye clasps.

During the day students will use coloured copper wire to make the earrings and bracelet set pictured and leave with the skills to make a necklace at home.

The first Wire Weaving class will be on Friday 31 May and will cost £132.

New class 2: Recycle Your Silver Jewellery

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Do you have scrap silver or failed projects that you don’t know what to do with – or even some unwanted silver jewellery?

In this class tutor Rebecca Steiner will provide an introduction into melting and reworking scrap metal to create new pieces. During the class you will melt down your own scrap metal and through the use of forging and forming techniques, rework it into useable sheet and wire for future use.

The class will also cover hints and tips for: mixing gold alloys, melting down old jewellery, and home casting. You will be guided in issues to be aware of when melting and alloying metals, and useful contacts for tools, suppliers and resources.

The first of the Recycling Your Silver Jewellery will be on Saturday 15 June and will cost £132.

Don’t forget that you will need to bring pieces of scrap silver or silver jewellery that you want to recycle.