Junk Jewellery is an obsession with me.
Why? Because making junk jewellery is fun, inexpensive and helps recycle waste.
When people give me presents, I am just as grateful for whatever wrappings, boxes or tissue that come with them.
Only last month my lovely friends in Brighton sent me flowers that came with gorgeous red tissue.
After I had arranged the flowers, I set about turning the 'junk' they were wrapped in (the stuff people often screw up and throw away), into jewellery.
My theory is, it will always remind them of their own kindness and let them know how much it meant.
So that is why I turned the tissue in the pic below into the junk jewellery you see bedside it.
Junk Jewellery is surprisingly tough.
People often ask me how I can possibly make a wearable bracelet out of paper and even flimsy tissue paper.
I use all sorts of things to glaze my beads but I have also been developing my technique for heat-glazing them - which is what I did with these tissue paper beads.
Watch out over on my other website. www.funcraftstodoathome.com where I will eventually be posting a tutorial on how I did this.
If you live in Suffolk, UK and want to learn how to make junk jewellery from scrap paper, visit www.the thrifty thistle.co.uk where you will find details of paper bead making classes.
Wear Your Junk Jewellery With Pride!
The pieces you see here were made from very small discarded paper bags. You can make junk jewellery from practically any piece of scrap paper - it's surprising how many beads you can make from an opened out paper bag.
So the next time you buy a birthday card and take it home in a paper bag, don't screw the bag up and throw away.
See it as a precious craft resource and make a beautiful junk jewellery bracelet to send with the card. Have fun!
If you want to know more about my junk jewellery process, leave a comment or fill in the contact form.