Lauren is incredibly versatile: this babe can be dressed up or down, and look beautiful either way. The center stone is made of recycled plastic trash picked up from Chicago beaches and neighborhoods. [Please see my About page for information on how I clean everything.]
The metal is stainless steel (gold-plated stainless steel for the gold version). The “stone” is about 8mm x 8mm, and is made of bits of discarded plastic, encased in resin. The stone has a glossy, shiny top. The band is 2mm. The ring has a nice weight to it and definitely feels expensive. The yellow/chartreuse is bright but definitely not as neon as it appears here.
Lauren is currently only available in silver in size 6 and gold in size 8, due to limited supplies. If you’re interested in this piece in a different size or color, please message me to let me know; if there is interest, I can make other sizes and colors.
**Every order comes with a free set of studs!**
⎔ Please read the care instructions on my About page. ⎔
Yeah, literal trash. All the pieces in the TOTAL TRASH collection are made from garbage picked up during Chicago beach clean-ups.
I probably fret about landfills and plastics in the environment more than your average girl -- I feel especially anxious about the effects on animals! -- and I decided to try to do something highlighting this. Since making wearable art is really my jam (no shade to artists who work in 2D), it seemed the perfect medium.
Our planet is drowning in plastic, and unfortunately it's really, really easy for me to stock up on "materials" whenever I do a clean-up. (Did you know that 91% of consumer plastics are used just one time, never to be recycled?)
Some of my favorite materials are drinking straws; soda or water bottles and caps; plastic cutlery; coffee cup spill sticks; and broken sand toys.
I go to the beach with two reusable bags: one for trash, and one for recyclables. (Because I am easily grossed out, I wear yellow dishwashing gloves!). And then I just collect items until my two bags fill up. Then the trash gets dumped, and I sort out the useful recyclables vs not.
When I get home, everything soaks in 99% pure, medical-grade isopropyl alcohol for at least 24 hours, and then another 12-14 in boiling hot, soapy water. (And then I cut off anything that would have touched someone's mouth, like both ends of the drinking straws, and the eating-end of plastic cutlery.)
After that, I just chop up each piece according to what I'm going to use it for -- the good part about working with plastics is that they come in alllll different colors. And then everything gets encased in resin!