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With the use of post-consumer waste, this art piece (lei) was created with recycled rubber from used bicycle tire tubes. The natural black color of the rubber evokes a sense of classic and simple elegance.
My hobby is making jewelry and I’m always looking for materials that can be reused to create pieces that are out of the ordinary and to repurpose materials and give them new life.
One day I came across a bunch of old used bicycle tire tubes and thought that there should be something that I do with them instead of sending it to the landfill.
Initially I thought I could use them in the garden somehow or maybe as an exercise band or other crazy ideas. While searching on the internet I got an idea to create a piece of jewelry with the rubber and that it would be cool if I could create a statement necklace. So I thought about cutting the rubber up in pieces and then stringing them together like a lei. I was happy with the results but realized that the size of the pieces of the cut rubber made the “necklace” a little too thick which resulted in looking more like a lei. It made me so happy that I was able to create something that I think is beautiful out of discarded rubber material that was headed to the landfill.
The name of this piece is called the “Dark Knight” because my husband thought of the name after he had just finished watching the movie the night before I was making the necklace/lei.