Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts and More - a new book by Linda Peterson

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So I learned something about my friend Linda Peterson - the woman makes magic with bits of old bike tires and soda can tabs!

I've always loved her jewelry designs and craft projects, but I really love her new book, Upcycled Jewelry, Bags, Belts and More! It's packed with lots of really inspiring projects that are both eco-friendly and stylish.

I have an artisan purse made from crocheted soda can tabs and it gets lots of attention every time I carry it. This book shows you how to make your own, plus a matching belt.

I love the extreme close-up photos, which make it easy to see exactly what she's doing with each finding or bit of wire.

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Feeling inspired, I went digging through my recycle bin to make something. The only thing that spoke to me were the mangos. The lower half of these sturdy plastic fruit cups are nicely fluted, so I cut out sections of one cup to make these tiered earrings. 

I colored the bottom piece with blue alcohol ink and coated the front with crackle medium. I added a stripe of copper glass paint in the recessed area of the top piece, along with a couple gems. I love the overall shape and they're super lightweight.

Click here for Linda's playlist of companion video tutorials and then check out all the other designers' blogs below to see what they have to say about the book!


  1. Enjoyed reviewing Linda's book and seeing her clever ideas and "out of the box" materials - LOVE THEM! I recycle those fruit cups for water containers - thanks for your idea Lisa!

  2. I can't wait to read Linda's book! Your earing are darling, Lisa. I wonder if you could freeze fruit, sherbet, or maybe juice in those cups and then add the frozen contents to a holiday punch bowl? They do have a pretty shape :)

    1. The plastic might crack in the freezer, but it's worth a try - the fluted edges would make darling floats for sure.


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