Recycled Soda Bottle Brooch from 'Jewelry Upcycled!'

Posted by on Feb 28, 2011

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Have you ever noticed that the bottom of most plastic bottles looks just like a molded flower shape? As Sherri Haab explains in the book "Jewelry Upcycled!" all you need to do is cut it out and you have an instant shape to use for a jewelry design. By melting it slightly you can soften the edges of the cut plastic. Add beads for extra sparkle to make a brooch or pin.

What you’ll need: Pin back finding, quick-setting epoxy resin, wax paper and a toothpick.

Special equipment: Wood dapping punch and an embossing heat tool.

step 1 upcycled soda bottle brooch
Step 1: Remove bottom

Use scissors to remove the bottom portion of the soda pop or water bottle. Notice how the cut shape looks like a flower.
step 2 upcycled soda bottle brooch
Step 2: Shape edges

Trim the edges as shown to shape the edges of the petals.
step 3 upcycled soda bottle brooch
Step 3: Smooth sharp edges

Prepare for heating the plastic by wearing a respirator to protect you from plastic fumes and choose a well-ventilated work area. (Make sure the respirator is rated for vapors and not just dust.) With the flower shape on a tile or other heat-resistant surface, center a wooden dapping punch and press lightly to hold the shape in place. Using the embossing heat tool, evenly heat the plastic and rotate around the shape slowly to ensure proper heating. (Wait for the piece to cool before handling.) The piece will shrink slightly and the plastic will thicken.
step 4 upcycled soda bottle brooch
Step 4: Mix the resin

Work on a folded piece of wax paper and mix a small amount of clear quick-setting epoxy resin with a toothpick.
step 5 upcycled soda bottle brooch
Step 5: Add beads

Use a toothpick to apply the epoxy to set the beads in the center of the flower. Let the piece sit overnight to dry.
step 6 upcycled soda bottle brooch
Step 6: Add the pin backing

Once the epoxy has hardened, flip the piece over and apply epoxy to attach the pin back finding.

All images from "Jewelry Upcycled" by Sherri Haab, published by Potter Craft.

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Excerpted with permission from "Jewelry Upcycled!" by Sherri Haab with Michelle Haab, published by Potter Craft.

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