During October, we showed the women from our partner agencies how to creatively reuse copper from the electrical cords of worn out electronic devices!

Perennial’s teaching artists taught how to harvest copper wire from common household appliances. Then they taught how to use the copper wire to twist materials together to make earrings and pendants.

Buttons were twisted together to make colorful jewelry, while leather scraps and bicycle tire inner tubes were cut into fun shapes to wear.

Participants from St. Patrick’s Center told us “I can use crazy stuff like inner tube to make earrings,” and “how to be patient and not give up.”

Materials Used: Electrical cords from broken electronic devices, buttons, leather scraps, inner tubes from bicycle tires

Skills Taught: Stripping copper from electrical cords, wire wrapping and other jewelry making techniques