Sustainable Workshops, Tips & Information

Earth Day 2017

Creating your own jewelry art has a lot of undeniable perks. You can customize it however you wish, it’s most always less expensive than your favorite mall stores and you can choose the quality of the materials you use. Not to mention, it’s a fab stress reliever and a brilliant way to channel your creative energy into something productive and fun.

In addition to these features, did you know that our planet thanks you each time you choose to make your own jewelry instead of buying its mass-produced counterpart? In honor of Earth Day, which happens Saturday, April 22, we’re breaking down how handmade jewelry art impacts the environment, how you’re helping the planet each time you DIY and our favorite Bead Fest Philadelphia workshops that scream #SustainableGoals.

Read all about it! 

Check out these articles talking about the impact jewelry has on the planet. 

1. Eddie’s Tips: Sustainability of Recycled vs. Mined Silver

Here at Bead Fest, we’re all about using recycled materials, including silver. Modern-day silver mining can have a damaging impact on the environment, the people who live near the mine and the mine’s employees. Read about Rio Grande Jewelry Making Supplies’ dedication to using as much recycled silver as possible and about their concerns regarding the industry.

Vrai & Oro

2. Whole Living: Sustainable Jewelry 

This article goes a step further by talking about mining of all materials used to make jewelry–not just silver. But for each topic they discuss, they talk about the most sustainable and earth-friendly way to obtain that material. If you’ve been wanting to make your jewelry creations as ethical as possible, this is a great place to start.

Bario Neal

3. Diamonds in the Rough: 3 Sources for Sustainable, Responsibly Made Jewelry

Get inspired by the stories of 3 Vogue-worthy jewelry makers who are turning out gorgeous pieces without creating a big environmental footprint. If you have friends who prefer buying jewelry over the DIY option, this is a great article to share with them!

Selin Kent

4. 10 Reasons to Choose Handmade Jewelry

Go beyond the basics of ethical jewelry, and learn about how you can assist your community by supporting local jewelry artists, along with other benefits of DIY pieces.

In the studio with Susan Lenart Kazmer

Bead Fest’s Sustainable Spotlight:

All of our instructors do great things for the earth by promoting handmade jewelry art. Here are a few of the sustainable stars instructing at Bead Fest Philadelphia!

Susan Lenart Kazmer: Her beautifully unique pieces often incorporate found and recycled objects.

Steven James: Another Bead Fest favorite who promotes the use of recycled goods.

Sara Lukkonen: She’s offering a workshop that transforms recycled bike chains into a marvelous creation!

Sustainable Exhibitor Spotlight:

Nana & Nina: Maria, the shop’s owner, pays tribute to her creative grandmother and great aunt by painting gorgeous pendants that are crafted from reused materials. Be sure to visit her at Bead Fest Philadelphia’s Expo!

Apple and Moth (Spoon Necklace / Spoon Pendant)
Domino Pendant/Necklace: Modern Polka Dots

Keep the earthy vibes alive with these Bead Fest Philadelphia workshops! 

If you want to learn how to make your own sustainable jewelry–and never step foot into an overpriced fast fashion store again–Bead Fest Philadelphia is the place to do it. Not only will you find more than 160 workshops, you’ll also find more artisans and exhibitors than any other jewelry arts event on the East Coast. Pick your workshop favorites and register starting April 19!

Bike Flower Necklace | Sara Lukkonen

Create an enameled flower-adorned necklace with recycled bike chain. This workshop is colorful, fun and earth-approved!

 Natural Prong Set Pendant | Jeff Fulkerson

Put your oddly-shaped stones to good use by incorporating them into a unique and rustic pendant. 

“La Traviata” Pendant | Sulie Girardi

Create a stunning camellia flower pendant using metal clay. You’ll even get to use impressions made from real leaves!

We hope you have a happy and green Earth Day celebration!

We hope you’re feeling inspired to turn those old beads, forgotten gemstones and metal scraps into your own unique creation. Whether you’re an established jewelry artist or an aspiring DIY’er, you should feel proud to know that your creativity directly impacts the planet in a positive way. Remember, when it comes to doing good things for the environment, every little bit counts! So keep the earth-loving vibes going strong and share your knowledge with a friend.

 

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