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Reworking unworn jewellery – a real-life case study

Reworking unworn jewellery – a real-life case study

One thing I love about selling my necklaces at craft fairs like @westgatehallcanterbury is chatting with visitors. I can explain how my journey from reworking unworn jewellery for myself turned into Bijou Rebooted, encouraging others to look at their own jewellery with fresh eyes.

Reimagining my clothes, jewellery or furniture has always been a way of life for me. The challenge of reusing possessions and extending their lifespan has always been the ignition for my creative side, so it’s very pleasing to see this outlook evolve into a worldwide movement. Over the years I’ve met so...


Vintage brooch in honey and amber tones

Vintage brooch in honey and amber tones

I’ve been wondering how best to highlight this vintage brooch and think I’ve found the answer with these flat synthetic beads. The muted honey and amber tones are not only complementary but they also make me crave sticky toffee pudding!


Making sustainable fashion necklaces

Making sustainable fashion necklaces

As I don’t like to waste anything, today I’m using my string wire off cuts, combining them with my mass of tiny orange and red beads as well as left over faux pearls in assorted colours.

How to make charm necklaces and charm bracelets

How to make charm necklaces and charm bracelets

Taking stock of my jewellery a few years ago, I realised I had a large number of small pendants and charms. Increasingly living by the mantra ‘use it or lose it’ which basically means I hate owning things that are stored away in drawers, never to be seen or used, I decided to combine them into an item I would wear.

I decided to attach each of the pendants onto plain silver link chain, creating a charm bracelet.

I enjoyed wearing this bracelet but after a few years I felt an update was in order, so I adapted an underused...


Outlets with ethos of 'shop local' and 'support small businesses'.

Outlets with ethos of 'shop local' and 'support small businesses'.

As I’ve been designing and creating more necklaces, I’ve also been looking to increase Bijou Rebooted’s visibility, not just online, on the website: www.bijou-rebooted.co.uk,  on social media: Instagram: @bijourebooted, but by showcasing my designs in local outlets, working with establishments that champion and support local artisans and promote the ethos of ‘shop local’ ,  ‘support small business’, ‘handmade with love’.