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Jewelry (From Trash to Treasure) Paperback – July 15, 2013
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Upcycling—making wearable art with items that were bound for the trashcan—has become increasingly trendy, and it is a fun way to hone one’s crafting skills. This book offers plenty of inspiration for upcycled jewelry, as well as scientific information to encourage green responsibility. Owen includes facts on the environmental impact of the raw materials used in the projects, such as T-shirts and packing material. She discusses not only the space that these items take up in a landfill but also the energy costs of their production and the harmful by-products. The finished projects are cute and wearable items that will easily appeal to tweens, such as a purse made from old jeans, or a rag-and-button friendship bracelet. Step-by-step directions are included for each project and are easy to follow, with photographs and helpful sidebars. This is one of the few kinds of crafts that you can get a lot of use out of—and kids will. Pair this with Pam Scheunemann’s Trash to Treasure: A Kid’s Upcycling Guide to Crafts, reviewed on this page. Grades 3-6. --Erin Anderson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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