1. I love tea! I drink a lot of it on a daily basis. I like it hot or cold, sweet or unsweet, different flavors, etc..... My everyday favorite is Tazo Zen green tea. Now don't get me wrong, I do enjoy a Starbucks now and again but I know it's not something I can't drink all the time because I like it loaded up with chocolate and cream and sugar and OMG the calories!
2. I love upcycling things into jewelry. It excites me so! Over the past year or so I have used materials such as: old car paint cabs, men's ties, spoons, pennies, old watches & bands, keys and buttons.
So when I was paging through the book Amulets and Talismans by Robert Dancik, I was super thrilled to see the pendant he made from a tea strainer! You see, about a year ago I ran across these metal mesh tea strainers in a dollar bin at a discount store. I bought 2 of them - one for home and one for work - and was looking forward to using them in place of the spoon that I usually use to remove my tea bag once it has brewed. Unfortunately, I don't know if it was all just in my head or what, but the strainers definitely changed the taste of my tea. I don't know how to explain it..... So I was bummed that they ended up sitting in a drawer unused. But hey, now I could turn them into a unique necklace!
I made mine a bit different than Robert did. You see, he used the strainer in it's entirety (both halves) but I thought that made for quite a large bauble! So I only used one half per necklace so that I could make 2 of them!
Once I disassembled them, I did create the patina on the mesh like he did with a torch. Another difference is that his have dangles coming out the bottom but mine do not.
Both of these necklaces are long (on 30 inch chains) so they are very comfortable to wear and you can look down to see and touch them. It is also a nice length to be able to show them to people - you can actually pull it away from your body a bit so they can get a closer look.
These were really fun for me to make and I know there will be more on the way. I can't wait to see what interesting thing I will find to upcycle next!