The Allure of Upcycling

If you haven’t had the chance to visit our retail store (which you totally should!), you can at least see from the photos in our previous blog posts that we are big “upcyclers” here at Blue Door Beads. What’s the difference between recycling and upcycling, you ask? Upcycling means more than just reusing paper bags or plastic bottles. Technically, upcycling is the “process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.” (Ah, Wikipedia. You always know the right thing to say!)

However, not everything we start with is “waste”. Our bead displays are made of printer’s trays, our display cases were formerly architects’ cabinets, our signage stands are doorknobs, and our “Chaise des Fleurs” is quite literally an old chair with the seat cut out with a flower pot in its place. None of these items were “useless” before we got our crafty little hands on them; we just didn’t need them for their original purposes any more.

The same can be said for our new favorite funky jewelry components: fishing lures!

Although we don’t know the difference between a muskie spoon and a creek chub plunker, we instantly fell in love with the wide variety of colors, shapes, sizes and textures of these fishing accessories. We’re not quite sure what to do with the really big ones yet (any ideas for a foot-long sparkly squid?), but we had a blast creating some ultra-funky jewelry with some of the smaller pieces. With loads of loops, dangles, and even the odd feather or two, fishing lures can add a great pop of color and a ton of whimsy to your next jewelry project!