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Month: August, 2011

DIY – Business cards: How to make upcycled business cards for your small business

If you follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I was the luck winner of a business cards giveaway, sponsored by UPrinting. I am very excited about this win, because the cards are made out 50% recycled materials and Uprinting uses green ink to print them.

However, it probably will be a while until I receive the cards, thus I need something to hold on in the meanwhile. I decided to apply my upcycling skills to solve the issue. It occurred me that I have been saving cereal boxes for a while now, because I want to make my jewelry boxes out of cereal packaging. Cereal boxes are perfect for business cards, because they have just the right texture. Furthermore, those boxes are recycled, which makes it even better. Of course, you can only use the inner part of the box, unless you find a way to cover the cereal images.

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Scissors or any paper cutter device

– Cereal, pasta or oatmeal boxes

– Printer, rubber stamp or simply a pen (if you have a nice handwriting)

Just cut the business cards the size you need. You can also make price tags and other paper marketing tools with the same method. I personally chose a mini business card size (1.5 inches high x 3 inches wide). It is the perfect size for small items such as earrings. I then printed my logo and addresses on paper—documents or junk mail printed on one side will work— and cut the logo so that some of the cardboard is visible, then paste it with some glue. If you have a stamp you can use that, which will give your business cards a surprisingly professional look. If you are a good hand writer, you can write what you’ll need by yourself and that’s it. With minimal effort and virtually no cost you’ll have eco-friendly, stylish and unique business cards for yourself of your small business.



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– Stefania

 

 

 

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Round and rounds

Some of these collections are just stunning.

New section in Twice blog

I am happy to announce that there is already the need for a new section in my blog: Featured. I will include here all the websites that feature or have featured Twice. Enjoy!

 

– Stefania

It’s mother’s day in Costa Rica

Find the perfect gift for your mom, with my first ever Etsy treasury dedicated to moms. Because you probably don’t know but today is mother’s day, at least in Costa Rica and in Antwerpen, a small city in Belgium. Surprise your mother with an unexpected, hand-made, beautiful and eco-friendly gift.

Visit Twice on Etsy to find even more.

It's mother day in Costa Rica by Twice

Photo credit: CraftCult.

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Twice is for sale

The wait is over. Twice, is finally for sale. Take a look at my Etsy store. So far, Etsy is the only venue where you can buy Twice, but more will be coming soon. Stay tuned!

Go to my Etsy store

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Taking photos of jewelry at sunset

It it well known that the best light for taking pictures is at sunset. yesterday, I took a million pictures (well, more than 100 but definitely less than 200), but I wasn’t really satisfied about any of them. Ans the sunset came. So I took my camera once again, ran outside with a bunch of earrings to take advantage of those 3 minutes of light before the end of the day.

I clearly wasn’t planning it, so I had to face the problem of how to keep the earrings up and what background to use… not easy. But I found a wood stick and that worked, especially because I could not find a better background than the dusty bench in my front porch. Well, here’s the result. You can judge yourself. I am not sure if I am going to use any of those, but it was surely a fun photo session.

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Diamonds last forever, and so does plastic.

I am a minimalist jewelry designer. I transform waste material in ethereal, elegant, sustainable pieces of wearable art, perfect for any occasion. Twice offers hand-sculpted, unique pieces of jewelry. With any of the Twice creations, you will own an eco-friendly, green, sustainable accessory that will conciliate your fashion needs and your eco-chic lifestyle.

Twice makes you pretty, guilt-free.

Materials

Twice cares about the environment. I reuse materials that would be wasted otherwise, or that are produced without drawing additional resources from the environment.

HDPE, high-density polyethylene

Plastic is extremely durable and degrades very slowly. Recycling plastic is not easy, due to the difficulties in sorting various plastic materials. Did you know that unrecycled plastic is often disposed in landfills or it accumulates in the ocean? I use a particular type of plastic—HDPE—which will make a durable, non toxic piece of jewelry. HDPE is is also used in food storage because it has very low risk of leaching BPA, a toxic component present in plastic.

Recycled Sterling Silver

I buy my silver from a trusted supplier who offers 100% recycled silver wire. Recycled silver leaves a lower carbon footprint, if compared to silver that is freshly pulled out of the ground.

With the purchase of any of the Twice pieces of jewelry, you will receive a beautifully packaged gift that will last forever.

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Metal scrubber chandelier by Daisuke Hiraiwa


Upcycling is becoming widespread among artists, but it rarely reaches sublime levels such as in the case of Daisuke Hiraiwa, a London based artist born in Tokyo, who created a chandelier using metal scrubbers. His creation will be exposed at Grønbechs Gård in Denmark until August 15th. The artist is not new to upcycling. His work includes lamps made out of disposable tableware and toothpicks.

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Winter collection sneak peek

Hello! I added some new pictures of my 2011 Winter Collection, which is going to be available around August 16. Enjoy the sneak peek and choose your favorite: a give away will be probably take place soon… stay tuned!

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Solar bottles: light for the poor

A bottle filled with water and bleach. That’s what takes to bring light into windowless houses for up to five years. The bottles are installed through holes in the roof of poor huts and shelters, which are typically windowless and therefore incredibly dark, even during the day. The light enters through the hole, but it propagates by means of refraction in the water and bleach solution. The project has been developed by students at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and now curated by Illac Diaz, creator of MyShelter Foundation. The solution is clever, sustainable and remarkably inexpensive. Nonetheless it has the potential of improving the “standard of living” of low income communities, according to Illac Diaz. There are several ways to contribute to this project: you can bring light to your community, sponsor a bottle or donate money through Paypal.

Go here for more information.

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