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

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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.

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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.


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

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

Statements of Beauty and Evolution: Jewellery With a Story to Tell

MFEO Braclet Tan imprint - imprint optional and can be customized

MFEO Braclet Tan imprint – imprint optional and can be customized

LA based furniture design duo Made For Each Other (MFEO) create beautifully crafted furniture, but their repurposed jewellery range is set to become something of a craze.

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Claribelle started making her own jewellery despite having no formal training or background in design, she says “making jewellery has always been at the back of my mind since childhood”.

Waterfall necklace

Waterfall necklace

She recalls that she actually acquired her technique for the papel rolling process in middle school, when they were taught to make their own necklaces and bracelets for a school project using old magazine and newspapers.

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After moving to LA to work in the social media and marketing industry she regained her interest in jewellery making.

“I finally made the leap several years ago and began taking classes around basic construction techniques so I could make my visions into reality.”

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MFEO has a very strong theme of reclaimed objects, salvage and sustainable design, which is shared by Claribelle’s jewellery. Her elegant minimalist designs are made from repurposed materials such as leather cast-offs, old watch gears and upcycled paper beads.

“I have always been inspired by relics and found materials and am especially enthralled by the idea of sustainability and transforming unconventional resources into beautiful and wearable accessories that have a story to tell.”


She emphasizes the importance of jewellery as a form of expression, while acknowledging it’s origins and the materials it encompasses.

“For the wearer, it’s a beautiful piece of armory from which to express themselves, for me its’ making a statement about beauty and evolution.”

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For the 3rd year running, Hendzel + Hunt are organising a 24 HR Design Challenge.
The 24HR Design Challenge is based on an experimental approach to their MADE IN PECKHAM range.


They invite a select group of designers to compete in a 24 hour design and make project. Inspired by their MADE IN PECKHAM range of furniture, Hendzel + Hunt aim to focus on sustainability, up-cycling and localism.

“We believe that using recovered material is not simply a practical and sustainable necessity.”


Hinckley Table by Hendzel + Hunt for the Made In Peckham range.

They also emphasise the individuality of materials and objects.

“Materials and objects also hold their own stories, they come from specific cultural environments and processes. These valuable stimuli can provide starting points, references and ideas for the design of contemporary objects.”


Record Player by team It’s Bin A Long Time for the 2011 24HR Design Challenge.


The MADE IN PECKHAM range presents recycled materials as aesthetically valuable as well as forming strong building blocks for high quality furniture.


Record Player by the Duchess of Peckham team for the 2011 24HR Design Challenge.

Record Player by team Singer for the 2011 24HR Design Challenge.

Record Player by The Singer team for the 2011 24HR Design Challenge.

The Design Challenge encourages creativity and pushes the teams to work together and produce a functioning object from recycled materials.


Pinball machine by team Charlie Chaplin for the 2012 24HR Design Challenge.


Pinball machine by team Famous 5 for the 2012 24HR Design Challenge.

The challenge also shows the public how valuable discarded objects can be in creating something of value – upcycling materials into a functional end product. In 2011 they also held a 24Hour Design Challenge in New Delhi in India.


Design Challenge India, New Delhi.

Here is a video of the 24HOUR DESIGN CHALLENGE held by Hendzel + Hunt in 2011.

Hendzel + Hunt 24hr Design Challenge Documentary from Jan Hendzel on Vimeo.