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Yellow Turquoise and Purple Recycled CD Dangle Earrings - Color Explosion
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Artisan Rosario Leiva of Guatemala brings new life to recycled CDs in these beautiful and fascinating dangle earrings with sterling silver hooks. She melts the CD scrap in a mold, then artfully applies droplets of acrylic to achieve her desired colors--purple, turquoise, and yellow for this pair of earrings--and then fuses the CD material and acrylic together using a blow torch. The resulting effect is magnificent translucent color punctuated with air bubbles that create unique patterns.
About her work, the artisan says: 'I love creating jewelry with materials that most people would discard. Let's all take the time to think about the endless opportunities we have to give 'waste' materials another chance.'
- Recycled CDs, acrylic, 925 sterling silver hooks
- 0.07 oz
- 2.4 inches L x 0.8 inches W
THE STORY BEHIND THE PRODUCT
Artisan Organization: Rosario Leiva
Country: Central America
"I was born in Argentina in 1990, but came to to Guatemala nine years later to live with my mother. My friends call me 'Rous.'
"I love creating jewelry with materials that most people would discard. I'm helping the environment and am contributing a little bit to help reduce pollution.
"I recycle materials like CDs. I had many in my house, most of them scratched, but I didn't want to throw them out because they take years to decompose. I looked for a way to transform them into something pretty.
"The CDs can be melted and molded. By by experimenting, I learned to control the temperature, then I add droplets of the acrylic used in stained glass. Although I've established a methodology, the results are always a surprise. Each piece becomes a unique work of eco-art.
"This craft has given me a way to free up my thoughts and feelings so I can express myself spontaneously. Because my jewelry is eco-friendly, I feel good about that I do.
"Let's all take the time to think about the endless opportunities we have to give 'waste' materials another chance.""