From bottle to earrings

by Tawny Reynolds || November 07 2018
Recycled Skyy Vodka bottle to eco-friendly earrings.  Behind the scenes at Sundrop Jewelry.

This week has been full of gorgeous, sunny, cloud-free skies - which means it's the perfect time to start stocking up on popular colors before the holiday rush!  I thought you might like to get a few peeks behind the scenes at how Sundrop Jewelry is made, from bottle to earrings!

I start with an empty bottle (Skyy Vodka is today's color - we won't go into how it got emptied, haha!), and use glass cutting tools to slice off the top and bottom, and cut the sides of the bottle into long skinny strips.

cutting a Skyy Vodka bottle into strips with glass cutting tools

And here is why the weather matters...  On a clear sunny day like today, I can focus sunshine with my giant magnifying glass.  The focal point or "hot spot" is pretty small, about 1 cm in diameter, but it is super hot - about 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit!  Watch the video below to see how quickly the glass starts to melt!

Once I've made a bunch of tiny teardrops, I finish them off by wire-wrapping in recycled sterling silver to make a loop.  For most designs, I use this minimalist wire-wrap...

wire-wrapping cobalt blue sundrops

... but for a few of my designs I add a more elaborate silver spiral wrapping down the entire teardrop, like these pairs, destined to become Lyra Earrings.

glass teardrops paired for earrings

And here's the finished product - Cobalt Lyra Earrings!

Cobalt Lyra Earrings, featuring sun-melted Skyy Vodka bottle glass and recycled sterling silver

Love these earrings?  Hop on over to my shop and grab a pair of your very own!  The Lyra Earrings are also available in a rainbow of other colors, or browse all the cobalt blue designs made from Skyy Vodka bottles!

By the way, they'd make a great holiday gift for the environmentalist in your life!  *wink*