Most people don't think twice about tossing aluminum soft drink cans (hopefully into a recycling bin). But they can become something unexpectedly beautiful: Denver, Colorado based jewelry artist Jeanette Gaydos of Verveine Designs takes these humble, forgotten cans and transforms them by hand into gorgeous accessories, overlaid with colourful Japanese origami paper patterns.
Gaydos tells her story on RAWartists:
I have always been a ‘maker’. Taking raw materials and creating something beautiful fills me with satisfaction. I fell in love with making jewelry when I took my first metalsmithing class in college. I hand make my jewelry out of recycled aluminum cans, paper, and sterling silver that has been recycled from scrap metal.
The organic beauty of plants and nature inspires me, but I adore the orderliness of geometric shapes and repeating patterns.
Gaydo's collection of recycled metal jewelry ranges from chic disc earrings of all sizes to necklaces and bracelets, all of which have had richly designed washi paper applied to both sides, and protected with a shiny finish on top. All of the findings are made from recycled silver.
The result is are enduring, extremely lightweight and eye-catching designs, handmade using Gaydo's one-of-a-kind process.
We love these captivating cans made into feminine, wearable trinkets; to see more online, check out Verveine Designs on Etsy, or find more info here on which boutiques have this eco-friendly collection in stock.