recycled glass barrettes

by Vawn and Mike Gray
Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
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Good Hair (From The Bottle)

Every day's a good hair day with artist Vawn and Mike Gray's luminous barrettes, hand-fused from crushed recycled glass. Gleaming with texture and color, the soft glow of the mosaic comes alive under light, beautifying more than your ensemble--each piece resourcefully transforms glass bottles rescued before reaching the landfill into a wearable work of art. Handmade in Florida.

Exclusively at UncommonGoods.

  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
20685
Made from
metal, recycled glass
Measurements
4.5" L x 1" W
Notes
Not intended for children.

Please handle with care. This barrette is delicate and will break if dropped on hard surfaces.
  • the maker
Vawn and Mike Gray

Vawn and Mike Gray

For 20 years, Vawn and Mike Gray created and sold original lines of fine arts and crafts. But they were always haunted by the environmentally wrong processes and materials that were involved with it--Aerosol spray cans, toxic glazes, energy sucking kilns, miles of bubble wrap and mountains of Styrofoam peanuts. To top it off, they would load it all into a one-ton, gas-guzzling truck and travel across the state and the country to different exhibits.

In the Summer of 2007, while watching a world wide broadcast of the "Live Earth" concert, they were inspired to change their ways. On that weekend they launched Reborn Glass: Artful reminders To Conserve. Through diligent trial and error they developed a process to create kiln-formed fused recycled bottle glass pieces. The kiln they use is a super energy efficient, computer-controlled fusing oven, not at all like the energy-sucking kilns of the past.

Quickly into the process, they realized that bottles only come in brown (earth), green (trees), blue (water) and clear (air). The relationship between those colors and our natural resources sparked even more inspiration for their projects.

"The challenge to make something of both beautiful form and useful function from bottles otherwise destined for the landfill is truly rewarding," says Vawn. collection

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