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Announcing the UPCYCLE winners!


For our June Design Challenge, we invited our readers to UPCYCLE. 

We had an overwhelming number of people send us images of the beautiful jewelry that they created out of something discarded. Whether they dismantled and reinvented a broken piece of vintage jewelry, or turned a piece of scrap metal into a fabulous brooch, there were so many great ideas and fabulous finds, we had a hard time choosing our favorites. Be sure to click here to see the entire array of jewelry made from found objects, beer bottle caps, wine corks, keys, plastic pieces, old toys, hardware, or computer components.

First up, we have the winner of our READER'S CHOICE AWARD!
In All His Glory JoAnna Trevizo Gonzalez


Sent to us by JoAnna Trevizo-Gonzalez of New Smyrna Beach, FL, this piece used discarded brooches, broken rhinestone necklaces, and vintage lead crystal beads from strands of broken necklaces. JoAnna wire-wrapped the pieces into recreate a choker necklace that can be worn at anytime. As she describes, "Mixing together all the pieces from a glorious bygone era brought to life this piece and his name. In all his glory."

See more of JoAnna's work (and more detail about the work that went into this piece) on her Facebook page, Highendhippiechicjewelry!

XXL necklace Galit StybelGafni


This piece comes to us from Galit Stybel-Gafni of Israel, where she makes jewelry in Ein Shemer. She used tin cans, screws, washers, and found objects in this piece. 

Learn more about Galit's work on her website, Powered By Metal Handmade Jewelry.

AI or IT necklace Diane Bowman


Diane Bowman of Port Moody, British Columbia in Canada built this necklace featuring circuit boards reimagined. Her piece is made from bead embroidery with focals cut from parts of a broken computer monitor found in a vacant lot.

There's much more of Diane's beadwork on her Facebook page, where she uses the name Beadivore (I love it!!)

Storytime Cuffs Kimberley Newman


Kimberly Newman sent us this project from Urbana, OH. Kim tells us:  

These cuffs were made from place mat/napkin rings found at a Goodwill store. I cut a section out, bent over the edges and hammered them down. Using vintage rhinestones and other pieces from broken jewelry along with other found objects I created bracelets that tell a story. One is travel, inspiration, steampunk and old time movies.

See more of Kim's work on her website, Kim's Creative Designs.

NYC Subway token Susan Siering


This fabricated ring features a vintage New York City Subway token from the 70s. It is set in sterling silver with a textured back. It was made by Susan Siering of Los Angeles, CA (where they have no subway!). She finds plenty of other materials to work with, though; check our her Etsy store, 1WorldCreations!


Congratulations to all of our winners! Be sure to watch for interviews with them on Facet throughout the summer. 

Want to see your jewelry in one of our Design Challenge galleries? It's easy! The theme for July is BLING IT UP

A bit of sparkle can improve almost anything! Whether crystals, sequins, gemstones or other shiny bits are glued on, sewn on, bezel-set, wire-wrapped or embedded in clay, we love when a piece of jewelry truly glitters. It’s time to bring out all the frills and fireworks this July: show us the way that you shine.

BLING IT UP! will run from July 4-26, 2017. Submit a photo of your work, the materials that you used, and a brief description of how your piece fits the theme.

The Reader's Choice Award voting opens on July 14 and runs through midnight on Sunday, July 30.

We will share photos of the winning pieces on our social media and in our newsletters, so be sure to include links to your personal website, Etsy shop, Instagram, Facebook, or anywhere else that our readers can view more of your work!

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