Sunday, April 5, 2009

Recycle your Jewelry - A trip to the Dollar Jewelry Store

Yesterday, Mariah and I did what girls do best....GO SHOPPING!!!! We spent yesterday shopping in Branson, and that always includes a trip to the dollar jewelry store....So what can you get for a buck? Dollar JEWELRY!! Well...just look at all the stuff we bought! 22 different items for just a dollar each....

I know the picture's a little dark, but remember the bling spring pendant that I video'd with the rhinestone frame from Michaels? While that was not a bad deal at $3.99..... Just look at the center heart which could be used in a similar way for a $1 US..(about 60p for those of you in the UK....for everyone in Australia...sorry...I don't know the exchange..)

Most all of the jewelry, earrings, necklaces that I bought yesterday will be disassembled and reconstructed into jewelry incorporating Friendly Plastic. It just takes a little imagination to view found objects and jewelry findings in a different way. When you'll save a whole lot of money! The $22 I spent yesterday would add up to way more if I had bought the findings individually....

Now.....what do you do with all that stuff? Take a look at the project below by Jana Ewy. She'll teach you how to create a Friendly Plastic Cabachon that you can use as a focal piece for Jewelry that you've repurposed.

Take a look in your stash...and if you just can't find what you're looking for...a trip to the Dollar Jewelry store should do the trick!

Elegant Marbled Necklace Pendant

By: Jana Ewy for AMACO

This jewelry project teaches you how to create marbled pendants or "plastic cabochons" for elegant jewelry. Select the components and colors of your choice for a pendant that looks like a colorful opal, for much less.


  • 1 1/4” Oval shape cutter (Keep in a small dish of ice cold water with a few drops of oil.)
  • Friendly plastic marbling comb
  • 7” Friendly plastic sticks: 1 Turquoise/Blue, 1 Avocado/Black, 1 Swirl/Blue, 1 Gold/Black
  • Cutting mat
  • Acrylic ruler
  • Mat knife or utility knife
  • Craft knife
  • Scissor
  • Needle tool
  • Electric griddle set at 200 to 250 degrees
  • Non-stick baking sheet
  • Envirotex Lite, resin sealer, or any high gloss acrylic sealer
  • Non-stick cookie sheet
  • Jewelry components and findings of your choice


1. Using the cutting mat, ruler and matte knife, cut one 1/4” strip from each color of plastic. Now cut each strip in half with a scissor

2. Pre-heat the griddle. Place the baking sheet onto the griddle. Place the plastic strips onto the baking sheet one at a time in the color pattern of your choice. Make sure each strip is stuck in place before adding the next strip. Try to press each strip tightly against the one before, to prevent any gaps. Allow the plastic to soften and seal together. If any gaps do appear, simply tap over them with your finger pressing the softened plastic together.

3. When all the strips have softened and sealed together, place the teeth of the marbling comb against the baking sheet and draw the comb towards you in a wavy “S” pattern cutting through the plastic.

NOTE: It is very important that you keep the teeth of the comb against the pan while cutting through the plastic. If you only rake over the top, you split the metallic finish and take the chance of exposing too much of the base plastic.

4. Place the teeth of the marbling comb in between the lines you just cut. Now push the comb away following the same wavy pattern, bisecting the previous pass.

5. Remove the pan from the griddle. While the plastic is still warm, cut out the oval by pressing the cutter into the softened plastic. If you are cutting several ovals be sure to dip the cutter back into the cold water after each cut. This will help keep it from sticking to the plastic.

Allow the plastic to cool. You may place the pan under cold running water to speed the cooling process along.

Use the needle tool to press under the edges of the cooled plastic to remove it from the pan. Pop out the ovals. If needed use the craft knife to cut around each one.

6. Apply the Envirotex sealer following the manufactures instructions.

Note: I like to place my pieces on a non stick cookie sheet. This way if there is any run off, it will be easy to remove later. Once I have the Envirotex mixed, I like to pour it into a small squeeze bottle. The application will be more precise and much easier. Blow softly, through a straw to pop any bubbles that remain. Allow the resin to dry at least 12 hours. If there has been any run off, remove the piece from the pan by pressing the needle tool under it and lifting it off the sheet. You can cut the excess that has run off with a scissor. Envirotex cures completely in 24 hours.

7. Gather your jewelry components and findings and assemble them in a pleasing design.

The marbled cabochons are the perfect focal piece in any style of jewelry.

Remember there's a whole lot more projects on or websites. Don't forget the videos too!

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