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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History, Hidden Treasures and the Art of Recycled Jewellery

Walking down Brick Lane, Portobello or Camden Passage you can see vintage jewellery, antiques that look like family heirlooms to 80s neon rings or lighting earrings. There are a number of jewellery designers that take old or discarded objects and use them to create new pieces.

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It takes a good eye for detail to spot something good in a pile of junk. “My eyes are trained,” says Maria Zureta designer Roberto Costa, who explains that years of experience of working with vintage jewellery have taught him how to find real quality. He sees the importance in saving materials that can be reused “I love being able to give another chance to an object.”

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However it is not just the opportunity of a bargain that can be found at these markets or the fact that vintage objects can give pieces real character, but the fact that this is a sustainable way to create interesting and beautiful jewellery. Clementine James, the designer behind Little Glass Clementine says “We live on a finite planet, our resources are dwindling and as artists we need to inspire people to move away from mass-produced fashion.”

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“We have enough intriguing objects and beautiful jewellery already made scattered around the globe.” Clementine emphasises the fact that these pieces have character and each individual object has a story. “I try to create a personality in each piece, one that hopefully resonates with others.”

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Elspeth Walker, the designer behind Sweetlime loves the fact that vintage tribal pieces she uses have a whole history behind them, adding another dimension to her jewelry. “It may be possible to make these pieces now, but they will never have the same feel of natural aging and warmth,” she says. “These pieces give the new piece an absolute sense of uniqueness.”

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Girandoles designers Isabelle and Louise have collected numerous objects to prepare for jewellery in the event of a great idea “we gradually formed a ‘war chest,’ a great stock in terms of quantity, quality and  diversity. This is our wealth!.” Boticca describe their line as quirky, whimsical added with some humour, the pieces are transformed into fun and detailed jewellery. Isabelle and Louise describe the process and reworking of objects stating that  “each object is thus restored to a different purpose.”

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Jolita Jewellery’s designer Algis Abromaitis visits London’s markets several times a week, where he sorts through piles of jewellery looking for pieces to use in his designs.  This allows him to use a wide range of different styles and materials “I like incorporating vintage jewelry into my designs as it gives them a new lease of life.” Each piece of Jolita Jewellery is unique and truly original, made from a collaboration of vintage objects.

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Vintage, antiques, reusable materials can be found everywhere and in all shapes and sizes, there is a whole art of salvage, reworking and integrating different materials. Recycling old objects is not only a great way to make unique and beautiful jewellery but also sustainable and environmentally friendly.

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