Well, it’s high time for another giveaway! This time I am partnering with lovely reader Stina, who has recently launched her Etsy store StinaJimerson. She is offering a beautiful Double-Sided Pendant with Recycled Green and Brown Glass for giveaway.
Stina is an incredibly talented metalworker, and has posted a number of her creations on her eponymous blog (including a ring reminiscent of the Edwardian Cuffs I DIY’d last summer!) Her recently-launched Etsy includes beautiful fold-formed leaf hoop earrings, pendants and hairpins with glass accents. She actually launched her store in order to help pay for her upcoming wedding in June. In addition to her love of crafting metal, she also works with an organization locally to recycle glass bottles. In her words:
My friends at church were sitting around talking about the major issue created when our city cancelled our recycling program 2 or 3 years ago, when they decided to do something about it. They began putting the word out that they would like to collect glass bottles (mainly wine bottles) from fellow church members, rigged up some home-made tools, and got to work. Now, there are quite a few regular weekly volunteers…and we’re even in the process of applying for non-profit status. We make sets of drinking glasses, wind chimes, tea-lights, lamps, and lots of other things out of these bottles! We sell them at the farmers’ market here in town, and all the proceeds go to our local Habitat for Humanity. We’re trying to raise enough money to say we built a whole house! When we break bottles, which happens a LOT, the glass gets tumbled to break it into small, smooth chunks. This we sell as mulch [people say that the smaller pieces are good for mixing into the soil because they help water flow or something]. I use the tumbled glass in my jewelry, and I make a 30% donation to Habitat for every item that sells. I started an Etsy for [the organization as well], but we’re not selling until we get this non-profit status or whatever it is we need because we can’t get a paypal account without that. This Etsy is Kuttbottle.etsy.com.
Its a really fun organization to be a part of. We now get bottles coming in from all over the community. We calculated that we’ve saved about 20,000 bottles from the landfill so far, and we have a whole storage room full of bottles, as well as the entire back side of the Habitat Restore!
One lucky Chic Steals reader will win a Double-Sided Pendant with Recycled Green and Brown Glass from StinaJimerson’s Etsy shop!
This pendant is about 1 inch by 1.5 inches and is made of plated nickle. One side is green glass and the other is brown glass.
The glass comes from an organization here in Nacogdoches [TX], C&R KuttBottle, that takes in all kinds of glass bottles and makes various things out of them (such as drinking glasses and windchimes). Whenever a bottle breaks – which is frequently because cutting them is sometimes hard – it gets put in a tumbler and makes glass like I have used in this piece. The most wonderful thing about this organization is that their proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Since I get the glass from them, I donate a portion to Habitat as well!
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