Sarah Drew | Recycled Bottle Bead Bracelet (Blue)

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Silver Bracelet with Blue Recycled Glass Bottle Bead

A gorgeous textured recycled bottle glass bead - bought Fair-trade from Oklah Tetteh in Ghana - threaded onto a sterling eco-silver hammered bangle, made in a pebble shape.

Diameter: 80mm (maximum width)

Hand made by Sarah Drew, St Austell, Cornwall

Sarah is an experienced jewellery-maker based in St Austell, Cornwall, from which she creates sustainable, eclectic designs using found objects such as driftwood, sea glass, plastic and slate pebbles which she colelcts from the beautiful beaches in Cornwall. 

Sarah can often be found sea swimming, beach-combing and walking along the Cornish coastline, picking up treasures on her way. When she's not busy making her own designs, she's helping others fall in love with the craft too - providing jewellery-making workshops in her St Austell studio and beyond, to other creatives willing to turn their found objects into wonderful pieces of handmade jewellery. She has also written a number of informative books on Jewellery Making, ‘Junk-box Jewellery’ (published by A&C Black, 2010); 'Wild Jewellery' (Jacqui Small publishing, 2012) and 'Hair Accessories' ( Published by GMC, 2012).

Talking about her influences, making process and creativity more widely, Sarah says:

"Every coat I have has pockets full of things: I hear shells rattling about with bits of plastic when I pull one on to face the school run, I fiddle with acorn cups while I'm waiting for a flat white in my local cafe; I scrunch up bits of lichen and tangled sea-string while I'm trying to find my gloves. 

I am and always have been a bit of a collector: not of high value, status-ridden things that you have to be careful with. Just little, curious, quirky things that are everywhere in everybody's everyday life. I just like to pick them up, look at them and put them in my pocket. Then I like to make them into jewellery later…

So I make contemporary, definitely eclectic jewellery from found objects (driftwood, sea plastic, sea glass  and slate pebbles) combined with semi-precious stones and pearls linked together with chunky hammered eco-silver chains, delicate crocheted fine silver and fused silver focal pieces. I’m lucky enough to live in Cornwall and I love spending time outdoors in the fresh air on local beaches and in the woods, collecting curious things…

Using recycled materials, remaking old broken jewellery or basically ‘rubbish’ in this way is a sustainable way of creating unique pieces that aren’t a strain on new resources and whose material components are traceable. I’ve started setting traceable boulder opals from Australia in eco-gold and eco-silver for magically coloured statement rings and pendants; and I’ve been collecting amethysts, aquamarine and other crystals from local sites Cornish crystal claw-set rings and pendants."

Follow Sarah on Instagram at @sarahdrewjewellery 


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