Specialty beads: junck!
Talking about special or unusual – Tammy from junck makes beads (or rather jewellery components) from used… credit cards! She.. wait, let her tell her story herself:
“I started creating jewelry with credit cards, gift cards and hotel room keys about two years ago… I had a gift card with a friends favourite cartoon character on it and I made it into a keychain for her and I’ve been having fun upcycling ever since!
I start by cutting the cards into the size/shape I would like. I then use a sanding machine to round the edges of the cards. Sometimes I skip this step (e.g. my rings are made with pieces that are not sanded).
I then drill holes so that I can attach other beads, jump rings etc. I use these finished “credit card beads” to make earrings, rings, necklaces, bracelets, headbands and cellphone charms.
Recently, I started heating the card pieces. This allows me to twist and bend them into interesting shapes which I then string together to form a necklace, bracelet etc. I’m working on a piece right now that I hope to put in my Etsy shop very soon!!”