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Upcycled Aluminum Earrings

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PRODUCT STORY
Lisa says: While in college, I took an alternative print process photo class. I learned how to print my photos on aluminum, wood, wallpaper, paper, and candles. Although I enjoyed printing on all of these materials, there is something about the character of the aluminum and its mood that changes depending on how you hold it in the light. Its lightweight qualities were also a plus.

I always have a ton of aluminum scraps left after I make my photo transfers, especially smaller pieces. In the past, I have made business cards from the scraps, but my crafty side wanted to utilize the material in a more creative yet practical manner.

One day of curiosity in the studio turned into my latest earring collection! I used various tools to strike, pierce, and scratch the surface, having each pair of earrings hold its own unique texture and personality.
MATERIALS
Aluminum
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Lisa Miller
SUBMITTED BY
Jewelry Design Challenge
NOTES
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Emily, UncommonGoods

February 19, 2014 05:03:44 PM

Lisa's creative photography process led her to creative jewelry making. Read her product story and decide if you'd like to own a pair of her Upcycled Aluminum Earrings.

mrs. Frances E.
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February 19, 2014 10:50:52 PM

Fun for the creater, and fun to wear with certain things at a certain age, but very limited appeal.

Lisa Miller
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February 20, 2014 01:04:10 PM

@Emily: Thanks for your input. When making new jewelry, I design for sustainability, why create more waste when there's already so much for us to utilize. The day I stop living is the day I stop using my hands to create :)@mrs. Frances E.: Thanks for your input. I'm sorry this specific style of my work doesn't appeal to you. As an artist, I understand that art is extremely subjective. Constructive criticism helps everyone grow :)

lisa wegner
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February 20, 2014 02:56:07 PM

I love lisa's jewelry items and art. There is a unique/spunky quality to them. I would definitely purchase these or any of her items!

Jonathan
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February 20, 2014 06:23:38 PM

Simple and sustainable!

Jonathan
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February 20, 2014 06:25:41 PM

Simple and sustainable. Big thumbs up!

Daniel
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February 20, 2014 07:13:51 PM

super cool stuff

Kelly
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February 21, 2014 12:10:53 AM

These are beautiful hand made earrings they are funky and fashionable at the same time. I couldn't be more happy with every item I have purchased from this designer!

Melanie
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February 21, 2014 01:06:29 AM

I love this style of earrings. They are very versatile and can be worn with anything. Knowing that they are generated from recycled materials is even better.

Crystal
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February 21, 2014 01:11:33 AM

I love Lisa's sustainable jewelry. They are simple and chic, but a little edgy. Perfect!

Terri
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February 21, 2014 01:21:20 AM

These are awesome. I love earth-friendly accessories!!!

Patrick
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February 21, 2014 01:24:34 AM

Once again Lisa with her ingenuity and exploration of material has surprised me with a series of jewelry a colorblind person can truly enjoy exposing texture in many ways.

stacy
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February 21, 2014 01:33:16 AM

These are so awesome. I would love to have a pair.

victoria
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February 21, 2014 01:38:41 AM

Lisa's jewelry is amazing and one of a kind you are sure toGet comments and questions where you got the piece yoWill not be disappointed!!!

Emalee

February 21, 2014 01:41:29 AM

These earrings are super cute and I love the fact that Lisa is recycling old materials into something functional and wearable!!

Wes
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February 21, 2014 02:12:13 AM

Nice simple design, I would definitely purchase for the special lady in my life.

Roshawn
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February 21, 2014 02:22:16 AM

I love all of Lisa's work. I'm going to get some of these for my girlfriend. Good work Lisa!

Martin
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February 21, 2014 02:42:59 AM

Industrial chic.

Larry
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February 21, 2014 06:03:47 AM

Very attractive in a rustic charming sort of way. I like these way better than boring loops or plain every day generic jewelry. These have personality!!!

Sateria
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February 21, 2014 06:12:37 AM

very cute :-)

Nagisa
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February 21, 2014 06:35:04 AM

I like this! I can't wear earing but if I can, I'd wear them. I wonder if this is a series and there are bracelets and stuff with same motif.

Katie
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February 21, 2014 08:22:33 AM

Beautiful selection of unique jewelry! This should win!!!!

Emily
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February 21, 2014 08:40:45 AM

I LOVE the design of these earrings!

Cindy
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February 21, 2014 08:51:17 AM

I just love the simplicity of these earrings and the fact they are made out of recycled material. What a great idea~! Keep up the good work and I look forward to seeing more of your pieces...

Janell
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February 21, 2014 09:02:16 AM

Awesome design and idea...love the concept!!

Patricia
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February 21, 2014 09:05:34 AM

Have seen much of Lisa's work and she is very talented and creative!

Kaitlin
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February 21, 2014 09:06:16 AM

Awesome creations!

Sam
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February 21, 2014 09:16:05 AM

Amazing! Repurposing into art. Great job!

Zanna
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February 21, 2014 09:34:30 AM

Beautiful and simple design!

janet nicholas
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February 21, 2014 09:56:08 AM

Love all of Lisa's jewelry.Fun, quirky and the best part,re-cycled.

janet nicholas
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February 21, 2014 09:56:08 AM

Love all of Lisa's jewelry.Fun, quirky and the best part,re-cycled.

Holli
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February 21, 2014 10:21:43 AM

Beautiful, original design. Love it, Lisa!

Mary Ella
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February 21, 2014 10:26:20 AM

Love the back story and the upcycling! Very cool :D

Tyne
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February 21, 2014 10:59:19 AM

Lisa's extensive knowledge of composition and design stem from her experience as both a Photographer and Graphic Designer (while studying at one of the best art schools in the country - might I add). It is no surprise to me, at all, that she is now creating wearable art with a message. All of her talents are represented in these pieces, and I am SO excited to see where her innovation and creativity will take her!

lana
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February 21, 2014 12:03:33 PM

very extraordinary

Rachel
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February 21, 2014 12:09:03 PM

These earrings are amazing! Have a pair myself and I love them!

Summer
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February 21, 2014 12:19:13 PM

Love this item! It could go with a ton of different outfits and its light, so you don't feel like you're wearing heavy earrings at all. super cute.

james
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February 21, 2014 12:22:41 PM

I've seen a lot of her work! I'm always amazed by what she produces!

Michelle
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February 21, 2014 12:42:56 PM

i love the simplicity but yet the creative and playfulness of her creations!!!

Karly
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February 21, 2014 01:08:27 PM

Love these earrings! Very chic and industrial.

Karly
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February 21, 2014 01:08:27 PM

Love these earrings! Very chic and industrial.

sami
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February 21, 2014 01:45:42 PM

I really love the backstory behind these earrings. Shows that Lisa really takes her jewelry to the next level. Great work!! I would buy them :)

Katina
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February 21, 2014 02:03:23 PM

Nice way to recycle with very creative and unique designs!

carina
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February 21, 2014 02:29:59 PM

Lisa designs are one of kind that reflect her creative vision! Her designs are original and come from passion which to me is my favorite kind of work!

robby
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February 21, 2014 04:18:52 PM

I love the use of the materials, fine aesthetic! I would love to gift these!

Anna
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February 21, 2014 06:29:50 PM

These are so cool! They are simple and at the same time unusual and interesting, and the fact that the materials were used previously to create are is so awesome. It would be like carrying a little piece of the creative process of a work that will remain a mystery to the wearer. Can't wait for these to go on sale.

Elana
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February 21, 2014 06:45:07 PM

These have so much personality! Plus, it's awesome that they've been upcycled.

Adia
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February 21, 2014 09:37:55 PM

Very cool

Adia
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February 21, 2014 09:40:15 PM

Unique

Jessi
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February 21, 2014 10:48:51 PM

Such beautiful work. Statement pieces to wear daily!

Jenna
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February 21, 2014 11:56:27 PM

Love it!

Jenna
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February 21, 2014 11:57:22 PM

LOVE IT!

Ronda
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February 22, 2014 06:11:41 AM

Love them Lisa! Great job, very creative!,,

Grayson
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February 22, 2014 10:11:20 AM

The design of this piece is very unique well-crafted. Knowing Lisa I have no doubt that she constructs her items carefully and of the highest quality. This piece of jewelry has been crafted correctly and uniquely by one of the most talented individuals in the field of design. Undoubtedly this is a great product.

Katie
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February 22, 2014 04:28:35 PM

What a fabulous (and creative) way to reduce, re-use, and recycle! I love the idea the each earring is a part of a larger story and personal to a moment in time to the artist.

telia
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February 22, 2014 11:25:43 PM

Great looking!

Kendall
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February 23, 2014 07:42:17 PM

Love these!! :)

Debra
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February 24, 2014 12:11:53 PM

Very cool!

Rebecca
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February 24, 2014 02:25:39 PM

I'm a jewelry artist, and these just didn't appeal to me. Too ordinary and pedestrian.

Patricia
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February 24, 2014 04:20:36 PM

I see lots of likes below. Most love the idea of using up every bit of scrap. Don't get me wrong. I recycle, reuse, compost, and swap. But sometimes scrap just looks like crap. Oops. That was at first a typo, but upon reflection I believe it may have been a Freudian slip. These look like they could be sharp and that they could catch and/or scratch things. No, I still can't like them no matter how hard I try,Sorry Lisa. You are obviously very creative. I'd love to see your other works. I hate to be critical, really I do.

Jane
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February 24, 2014 06:42:34 PM

Neat

bonnie
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February 24, 2014 08:42:37 PM

looks like something you may seen irun over by a truck in a parking lot - I'm sure the artist has a lot better work in them, sorry

Lisa Miller
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February 24, 2014 08:56:30 PM

THUMBS UPS: Thanks EVERYONE for your input. THUMBS DOWNS: Thanks for your input. I'm sorry this specific style of my work doesn't appeal to you. As an artist, I understand that art is extremely subjective. Constructive criticism helps everyone grow :) Please feel free to check out other works of mine: http://lisamiller.co/ https://www.etsy.com/shop/galleriadelisa https://www.facebook.com/pages/Galleria-de-Lisa/146463625377484 http://instagram.com/galleriadelisa http://www.behance.net/galleriadelisa http://www.rawartists.org/lisamiller

Lauren
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February 24, 2014 10:04:16 PM

I like these very different and creative..

Kathy

February 24, 2014 10:11:29 PM

Cheaply made. The ear wires are mass produced and may be of base metal, and the aluminum "upcycled" sheet looks as if it has been run over by a car. The cuts are crooked, and the jewelry maker didn't even file the edges smooth. These earrings will snag on clothes and give scratches to the wearer.

Diane
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February 24, 2014 10:14:39 PM

Just looks like someone's garbage

Chandra
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February 25, 2014 12:45:23 AM

I love that it's a simple yet versatile piece!

Caryn
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February 25, 2014 01:02:47 AM

Good Luck!

Jobette
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February 25, 2014 04:58:29 AM

They look unsafe.

Pamela
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February 25, 2014 07:15:37 AM

They would have to be very inexpensive.

DJ Sitka
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February 25, 2014 07:26:08 AM

Poor quality and not particularly original. But keep trying!

Darrell
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February 25, 2014 08:41:25 AM

Great work Lisa!

Leah
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February 25, 2014 01:54:16 PM

Not appealing at all. I can't think of a single time/place/occasion where I'd where these. Sorry!

Pam
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February 25, 2014 05:36:24 PM

I like the looks of it but it seems like it would scratch the side of your face when you're wearing it.

Prasanna

February 26, 2014 02:11:27 AM

Very much simple design

heather

March 04, 2014 03:21:38 AM

I could make this (but I wouldn't). Make sure you include a tetanus shot with these.

thanks for commenting

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