For anyone who missed the beginning of My Winter Games project, here is the backstory. In brief, I have been upcycling a small mountain of these weird-looking plastic doohickies:
Originally, they were heavy duty packing clips for skis. Ugly, unwanted and non recyclable. I'm on a mission to save them from the landfill. At last count, I had 123 left to use up. Here's an update!
After I declared the games over for the season (really, we were just on a break), I mailed out 48 of the clips to readers and fellow bloggers who requested some.
*pause for math*
That left 75 to go. Seventy-five!? Boy, that still sounded like a lot. But I was game, and the next couple of posts will show if I made any more progress.
In today's upcycle, I have finally gotten around to what everybody (including me) was wondering. Could I possibly make jewelry from these clunky critters? Um...I think I sort of pulled it off! Look!
Statement bar bracelets! I was skeptical, believe me - but I have worn them out in the world, and find them way comfier and more wearable than expected. They're too wide to fit a smaller person - but on my big bones, they really do sit perfectly across the top of my wrist.
I had worried they might always be sliding around to hang upside down, but nope! They don't even slip sideways.
The construction was pretty simple. I just used headpins to attach the focal piece and a bit of chunky chain. Added a clasp to one chain end and...bing!
So! I used up three more of the ski clips on these weird but fascinating proof-of-concept jewels...
Seventy two to go. Will I make it to the bitter end? Stay tuned.
In case you missed any:
Summer Update Part One
Summer Update Part Two