DIY: How to make an enchanting terrarium necklace to keep or give as a gift

December 17, 2019 by  
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Highlight life, nature, plants and the planet all in a tiny, encapsulated terrarium. Even better, turn it into a necklace for a unique piece of jewelry that is sure to be a conversation-starter. Since natural gifts are always en vogue, consider making extras for co-workers and family. This fast and easy nature craft is also fun to make with kids. Supplies: 1 glass vial with a cork — you can select the size of your choice, but don’t make it too bulky or so tiny that it is difficult to fill. Make sure it has a hook at the top for the chain, or get a small eye-hook to screw into the cork . 1 necklace chain — keep preferred length in mind Sand or fine gravel Soil Tiny succulents Tweezers Clothespin (optional) Instructions: 1. Create support Depending on your vial, it might need support. You can use a clothespin if your vial is unable to stand up straight. Simply open the clothespin, lower the vial into place and release the clothespin around the vial. Because the bottle is small and light, the clothespin will keep it from tipping over while you work. Related: How to make your own green terrarium to keep or give away for the holidays 2. Layer Once things are secure, begin layering materials into the vial. You can do this using a toothpick, tweezers or a skewer. You can also partially roll a small piece of paper to create a tube to pour materials in. Start with your sand or fine gravel . Depending on the size of your vial or miniature glass bottle, it might take ¼ teaspoon or so. This will help with air flow and drainage. Next, add soil; any enriched soil will work. Don’t worry about these materials collecting on the sides of the glass at this point. You can clean it up to make it pretty in a later step. 3. Add creativity Part of the fun of this process is being creative with your art. Play with different living plants to create the look you want. Moss can be your centerpiece, or you can add small pieces of succulents as a focal point. Just make sure your vessel offers enough space for any greenery you add. If you choose to add succulents, select baby shoots from the base of the plant or even those that have fallen off the plant. Then, allow the stem to dry out for several days before planting it in the terrarium . This keeps it from bringing too much moisture into the terrarium. Although the vessel is small, it still needs to remain balanced for the plant to survive, meaning it shouldn’t be too wet or too dry. If you find your terrarium misting up on the sides, release the cork to let some of the moisture out. 4. Attach chain Now, attach your necklace chain to your hook. Depending on the materials you selected, this can be done by simply sliding the chain through the eye of the hook or by using a small circle to attach the eye-hook to the chain using jewelry pliers or tweezers to pinch it closed. Make sure the chain is securely attached. Test your necklace for your desired length. 5. Cork it Add a drop of water to your terrarium. If this doesn’t clean up any debris that may have collected on the sides during layering, use a damp cotton swab to wipe the sides. Use tweezers to rearrange items as desired. Look at your terrarium from all angles to ensure things are just the way you want them. Then, insert your cork into the vial, and make sure it is firmly in place. 6. Care Your plant can survive in your terrarium for a long time with proper care. Add a tiny amount of water to your terrarium every few days as needed, and be sure to avoid leaving it in direct sunlight, which can dry out your plants. If it does dry out or die, you can easily replace the living plant with another without needing to replace the other materials. Speaking of materials, you will likely have enough to make several terrarium necklaces . Consider introducing the idea to a science classroom, a senior center or as a follow-up for a field trip. Images via Inhabitat

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SOL: Contemporary Jewelry That Can Power Your Phone

November 24, 2014 by  
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SOL  is a collection of contemporary jewellery that collects and stores usable energy when worn in the sun, thus creating an alternative way to charge small devices, such as a cellphone. The 3D -printed SOL collection is inspired by clssical Islamic geometric patterns and art, and have a definite architectural feel. Each jewellery piece has a designated slot for the  solar panel housing unit, which can fit into any and all SOL  pieces interchangeably. This  solar panel unit is easily transitioned into an external electronic charging station, which has a USB slot that can be used to charge phones , mp3 players, and more. The necklaces shown in these photos have been created using 3D-printed steel and plastics. + SOL on Behance Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d printed , 3D-printed necklace , 3D-printed solar panel necklace , portable solar panel , SOL , sol jewellery , SOL jewelry , SOL solar power jewelry , solar necklace , solar panel , solar panel jewelry , solar panel necklace

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Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States

November 24, 2014 by  
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Solar and wind energy have long struggled to compete with conventional energy sources on two fronts: dispatch and cost. However, new U.S. industry data outlined in the New York Times reveals the cost of these renewable energy sources has fallen dramatically in the last five years, making them competitive with — and sometimes even undercutting — fossil fuel-sourced energy. Read the rest of Solar and Wind Energy are Finally Cheaper than Fossil Fuels in the United States Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “wind power” , coal , cost of solar power , cost of wind and solar , cost of wind power , energy costs , fossil fuels , gas , generation , industry data , renewable energy , renewables versus conventional fuels , Solar Power , subsidies , subsidy , the cost of wind and solar has dropped enough to make them competitive with conventional sources

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Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter

November 24, 2014 by  
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The Rosetta/Philae probe landing on a comet last week has reignited in earthlings a passion for space exploration. But now that NASA’s shuttle fleet is grounded and most spacecrafts belong to private companies, there is no group that is really pushing the envelope in terms of being space pioneers. That has not stopped one small group of Brits who have decided they are going to fund their own moon mission via Kickstarter . Read the rest of Group Aims to Land a Robotic Probe On the Moon in 10 Years with Help from Kickstarter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Crowdfunding , crowdfunding space travel , kickstarter , kickstarter campaign , kickstarter moon mission , Lunar Mission One , lunar mission one kickstarter , mars mission , moon mission , moon probe , Philae probe , robotic probe , space exploration

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Help to Transform Weapons of Conflict into Wearable Symbols of Peace

October 29, 2014 by  
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Cambodia has had nearly 3 million tons of bombs dropped on it in the past century, and most of their remains still lie scattered across the country , maiming and killing hundreds of people every year.  The Purple Buddha Project upcycles these weapons of war  in Cambodia, creating peace jewelry from pieces of UXO (un-exploded ordinances), bomb shells, bullets, and plane parts from the remains of conflict throughout Cambodia and Laos. These pieces are created by local artisans, through ethical cooperative associations that ensure fair wages. Bracelets combine semiprecious stones such as jasper and aventurine with slices of carved bullet casings, while necklaces may contain chunks of mortar shell. A Kickstarter campaign is now underway to fund the project, and the proceeds from each sale will be used to de-mine East Cambodia. + Purple Buddha Project on Kickstarter Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bomb , bombing , bombs , bracelet , bracelets , Buddha , Cambodia , compassion , Jewellery , Jewelry , landmine , Laos , mala , mortar , mortar shells , necklace , peace , Purple Buddha Project , recycled bombs , unexploded , upcycled bombs , UXO , war weapon , warplane , warplanes , weapon , weapons , weapons of war

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Atlanta’s ‘Emerald Necklace’ Beltline Was a Grad Student’s Dream in 1999 and is Now a Reality

July 16, 2014 by  
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Flaunt Your Rapid Transit Pride with Hanger 3?s Recycled Subway Token Necklaces

January 15, 2012 by  
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Transit tokens are a thing of the past in most cities, as many municipal transit systems have long since made the switch to swipe cards and other technologies. But if you yearn for a bit of subway nostalgia, you can now wear your rapid transit pride around your neck with Hanger 3 ‘s unique subway token necklaces. The tokens designer Dustin Wood uses aren’t just from New York; for as little as $13.99 you can get a subway token necklace from places like Conestoga, PA, Chicago, or Beaumount, TX. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Dustin Wood , ecouterre , Fashion , Hanger 3 , necklace , rapid transit , Recycled Materials , subway tokens , vintage accessories

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Win This Recycled Inner-Tube Necklace From My Sister’s Art (Worth $600!)

April 8, 2011 by  
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Make a statement with your jewelry next time you walk into a room with this one-of-a-kind necklace made of discarded bicycle inner tubes . EcoFirstArt is giving away this avant garde, handcrafted necklace by My Sister’s Art (worth $600) to one lucky winner and it could be you. Entering is easy so try your hand at winning this gorgeous piece .

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How can I reuse or recycle old musical instrument reeds?

November 26, 2010 by  
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Amber sent us an email asking about reeds from musical instruments: I’ve got TONS of old alto saxophone reeds lying around, and was wondering if anybody had an idea about how to reuse/recycle them? I am incredibly unmusical but Wikipedia tells me reeds tend to be make from cane, although there are an increasing amount of synthetic ones in use. The first idea that springs to mind is turning them into some sort of jewellery – a subtle nod to your musical skills

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Five fantastic reuses for expanded Polystyrene foam packaging

November 25, 2010 by  
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Expanded polystyrene, the moulded white shapes you get as protective packaging when you buy electronics or large toys etc, is a pain to recycle – it can be recycled now but not many places collect it.

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