By Sandy Paluzzi
The first thing that comes into my mind when I think of recycled beads is sea glass. I imagine a sailor walking along the beach and picking up bits of sea glass to make jewelry for his far-away wife.
Glass is not the only material to be recycled for beads. School kids the world over make beads by rolling small strips of paper. In today's world, recycling paper is not just for kids. Mature artists have fallen in love with the medium. They frequently coat the beads with lacquer for longevity. Paper beads are often offered on ebay at a very economical price.
People are also breaking new ground in an effort to save our environment.
Vegetation is not ignored in our attempts to recycle. Keep your eyes open for HUGE, lightweight beads made from banana plants and other vegetation. I first spied these beads last week at a bead show. Lacqured, light weight, and colorful, they just may take the beading world by storm.
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