Recycled crafts are a favorite of mine, especially upcycled jewelry. Today’s project brings these together in flower pendant made from recycled aluminum cans and plastic bags. It’s true. I used a combination of techniques I have shown you in the past; dissecting aluminum cans and fusing plastic bags, both to be die cut with my Sizzix. This project is fast, simple, eco friendly, and pretty awesome.
Chain for stringing pendant
Hole punch or hammer and nail to punch hole
Eylet and Eylet setter – I use Crop-a-dile
Paint for petals or you can use the color of the can – I used Vintaj Patina Antiqued Copper
2 pairs of chain nose pliers
The following video shows how to prepare the can and die cut the flower petals. You will use the Flower layers die instead of the rose die in the video.
*If you don’t have a Sizzix, you can still cut the can with paper punches like I showed you in this
As you can see in the pendant photo, you need 2 of the larger petal layer cut from aluminum cans. Paint them if you are going to. It would look cool with a fun color/patterned can too! If you are painting them, use alcohol inks, Vintaj patina or spray paint for metal. Acrylic paint won’t stay put.
Now to cut prepare the plastic bags for cutting with the Sizzix, you need to fuse them as I showed you in this Recycled Plastic Bag Bracelet Tutorial
Die cut the two smaller flowers from your fused plastic bag material.
Now you are ready to layer your petals. Hole punch the center of all 4 layers then, arrange them in a staggered fashion and insert and set eyelet.
Shape the aluminum petals with round nose pliers or a bamboo stick for dimension. The plastic you can just fold into position with your fingers. It won’t bend and hold shapes like the aluminum, but you can cup it some.