Make jewelry from upcycled plastic

on Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Tatiana Pagés turns plastic six-pack rings into houte couture jewelry! Photo by Thomas Reyes.
If you and your loved ones enjoyed a few cold beverages at Thanksgiving, chances are you've been handling some of those plastic six-pack rings (also known as yokes). Maybe you cut apart each ring to prevent animals from getting ensnared in them. Maybe you even set them aside to recycle. But did you think to BEAD with them?

Tatiana Pagés did! She's an activist, jewelry designer, founder of Greencard Creative, and also the founder of Origomu. Origomu (which means "folding rubber" in Japanese) aims to "transform plastic six-pack rings into unique pieces of wearable art," and Tatiana invites everyone to be a part of it! Intrigued? Here are three ways to try Origomu for yourself and save a little piece of the planet at the same time:

  1. Follow Tatiana's tutorials to make four necklace designs with six-pack rings. The instructions are pretty streamlined, but the results are worth the engineering.
  2. Download the Origomu Manual (PDF) to get inspired by some even more elaborate designs, like the one above.
  3. Enter the Origomu Master & Protege Contest. It's an opportunity to design way outside the box, help out underprivileged women, and win a cash prize.

Now won't you please excuse me? I have a recycling bin to go through!

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