Upcycled Plexiglas Series

 

I’m big on the 3 R’s, reduce, reuse, recycle....and upcycling (see more below). I was at a store where discarded Plexiglas signage was on it’s way to the dumpster and I made the decision to take it and the experiments continue! I have really enjoyed working in the new medium! Each piece is hand cut, sanded and heat formed, combined with steel, sterling, 14K gold filled and gemstones. It’s good for your look and the environment too!

Upcycling is the opposite of downcycling, the other half of the recycling process. Downcycling involves converting or breaking down materials and products into new materials of lesser quality. Most recycling involves converting or extracting useful materials from a product and creating a different product or material. Upcycling in my work uses the material without breaking it down, converting the waste materials into new products of equal quality or a higher environmental value.

Plexi Geodes

My love of geodes goes back to a childhood

vacation “Out West”. I watched a rock hound break open a craggy geode to reveal the sparkle inside! My approach is a bit more abstract using gold and silver leaf with a little secret sparkle on top of hand carved upcycled plexiglass (1/4” thick). Metal leafing is sealed but please take care when storing so as not to scratch. Choose four kinds of chain and two metal leaf finishes. Diameters are approximate and will vary slightly, each piece is hand cut. Great for day or evening!

Single Pendant

Plexi Cuff

Gold or silver leaf on 1/8” thick upcycled plexiglass. Leaf will patina slightly with wear and only adds to the beauty. Petite is a cuff size 6, Standard is cuff size 7. $42

Double Pendant

with one of each 1 3/4” & 1 1/4”