I make the most awesome upcycled jewelry you can find on the internet - I make not just origami cranes, but flocks of origami cranes. There are plenty of places you can get origami jewelry around the web; on Etsy alone there are several shops. That said, I am the only one I can find who will make an entire flock of cranes for you. Making these was how I started making jewelry, and I have a lot of experience with them. I make them out of discarded candy wrappers, generally Starburst(R), then triple-coat them with two kinds of sealant. This makes them water-resistant and also enables me to take custom orders in all sorts of bright colors. I'm not exaggerating when I say that I get compliments every time I wear mine, usually from strangers. The coolness factor is just through the roof.
I also make origami flowers. I make a traditional four-petal flower which shows decorative streaks of white on the insides of the petals. However, while the cranes last a very long time (especially considering they are paper), the flowers cannot be expected to last as long, since they are much less compact and have large petals, and a bigger point of structural weakness.
If you'd like one of the pairs I have made, they are available in my shops. More often, though, people custom order them in their own or their friends' favorite colors. That is the purpose of my color palette page. I can also make them out of gum wrappers, though those are usually just grey or white. Foil candy wrappers are not good for this, since they can be squished too easily, and don't coat well with sealant. If you would like a set of earrings from a specific candy, well, I am always happy to eat candy. (Keep in mind that waxy papers are the best, though, and foil or shrink-wrap wrappers won't work.)
Baby Zigzag Flock of Cranes Earrings
My Fair Lady Origami Crane Earrings With Paper Clip Spirals - SOLD
My other upcycled endeavors are made of paperclips. I kid you not. And not paperclips that I bought, but paperclips that I found on the ground. For my first year in Boston I found a paperclip for every day - I had to use them for something. They are now being put to much better use than gutter adornments, as earring components and as rings. I may get those materials cheaply, but I take hours to shape them all individually and then chase them with a chasing hammer to make them shine like silver. They are works of art when I am through with them! Again, to see more, click here!