Do you know we can create something beautiful with the empty cans or bottles of cold drinks that we consume in large volumes, especially during summers? You can up-cycle them, instead of just dumping them into the bin and adding on to the growing pile of waste.
The tin cans can alternatively be used for creating beautiful eco-friendly jewelry! In fact, there are several kinds of funky jewelry pieces, like bracelets, necklaces, stand out earrings, and key chains, that can be made using soda cans, plastic bottles, bottle caps and even paper and magazines.
Here’s a step by step approach to recycling beverage cans.
Step 1: Collect and rinse beverage cans
Collect beverage cans of varying sizes and colors. Rinse them well in water. Then put them for drying off.
Step 2: Cutting of cans
Once the cans dry off, flatten and cut them. Cutting involves opening the cylinder completely and removing the top and bottom of the can. Flatten the cylinder so it can be used for integrating designs or cutting out shapes. The top and bottom of the can could be used for accentuating the eco-friendly jewelry.
Step 3: Cutting of shapes
Various high precision tools like jewelry pliers, grommet setters, hole punchers, and other equipments are used to give the flattened cans desired shapes. For example: If a bangle needs to be made, then the cylindrical part of the can is required and if a locket needs to be made then any part of the can would be useful.
It is suggested to draw the shape before hand-cutting it. Some of the popular shapes are flower, star, butterflies, heart, leaves etc.
Step 4: Mixing and matching colours
The colour depends on the type of jewelry and its design. If a bangle is being created then there are two options – the body of the bangle can be painted in a hue of colors or external colorful shapes can be pasted on the bangle with a contrasting background. Since, the core material is aluminum; it helps in bringing out all pastel and metallic colors.
The final step in this handmade process is determining the type clasp or hook or lock that needs to be integrated. Since this is recycled jewellery, the clasp or hook can also be created along with the design. It can vary from something as simple as a hook and eye clasp for earrings to a s-hook clasp for a necklace.
There is a huge assortment of accessories that can be used to accentuate the final design like beads, frills, mirror glass, coloured stones, plastic, paper, metal objects, etc.
The design is now ready to be worn and flaunted!