Made For…You: Claribelle’s Guide to Rolling Your Own Jewellery

Earrings Bar Drop Hoops

MFEO ‘s jewellery range is classically beautiful, it exemplifies the high quality and aesthetic value of repurposed materials in fashion. Our previous post explained the philosophy around Claribelle’s jewellery range, so now we will look at the method.

Crysal Noir

Claribelle integrates both found objects and paper into her work. For her papel jewellery she uses old magazines and newspapers to create a hard durable material, while retaining and transforming their colourful patterns and shapes.

Trapize

Although the papel rolling process is simple, each unique piece is carefully designed and crafted down to the very last detail. Here is Claribelle’s step by step guide on creating papel jewelry:

Step 1: Magazine pages are carefully selected, based on color, texture and composition

Step 2: Once the selected pages are removed from their binding, they are measured and cut into 3” strips

Step 3: Each strip is coated with a thin layer of Mod Podge adhesive and hand rolled with a bamboo skewer stick

Step 4: Once each bead is rolled, it is sealed with 3 coats of (eco friendly) poly acrylic spray in a flat finish

Step 5: Beads are left to dry for several hours to allow the poly acrylic to fully bind and seal each bead

Earrings Chandelier

If this process seems to arduous and you would rather buy Claribelle’s jewellery visit the MFEO website here.

Ugandan Recycled Paper Beads

The Ugandan bead project ‘aber beads‘ allows women to engage in enterprise and business activities.  Aber means beautiful in Acholi, a tribe from the war ravaged north of Uganda.  The beads are made from recycled paper which is twisted wrapped for extra strength.

Ugandan paper beads

Ugandan paper beads

Ugandan paper beads

Ugandan paper beads

 

Ugandan paper beads

Ugandan paper beads

The pages of recycled magazines are cut into triangles & then rolled into beads.  They are coated with a non toxic, odourless varnish which gives them a water resistant & glossy finish as well as protecting them from fading. Create unique, social & ethical gorgeous jewels such as necklaces, earrings & bracelets.” (taken from the Etelage blog)

Ugandan paper beads and paper bowls

Ugandan paper beads and paper bowls

These paper bowls are also really pretty and are surprisingly sturdy too. The aber project mainly supports women affected by war and/or by HIV and AIDS. The initiative aims to give these women a sense of empowerment and freedom in creating their own goods while promoting sustainability.

Ugandan paper paper bowl

Ugandan paper paper bowl

Ugandan paper paper bowl

Ugandan paper paper bowl