|Beer bottle caps made into pins and magnets.|
Most of us want to keep the landfills in our communities from reaching capacity. Wherever and whenever possible, we recycle paper, glass and metal objects. Some of us go beyond mere recycling to reinvent objects First World citizens once threw away. We do what people of conscience have always done out of the conviction that to be wasteful is immoral and impractical. We follow a tradition that inspired quilters to make useful visually enchanting bedding out of old clothing--the same tradition that led women who lived through the Depression to make beautiful dresses and linens out of feedsacks.
My own contribution to the upcycling movement is minor. It includes turning food tins into receptacles for pencils, pens, sewing implements, small gadgets, plants . I use either paint, fabric or paper to cover the tins. The result can be pleasant.
I cannot say that I find my first attempt at making pins and magnets out of beer bottle caps was either pleasant nor admirable. Judge for yourself. I find the process fiddly and the result mediocre. Perhaps it is a question of persisting with the craft until I get better at it. Right now have supposedly upsycled Stella Artois bottle caps I tortured with tin snips and a ball peen hammer before I gussied them up with a French stamp, printed Redoute roses and glitter glue. The world was just fine without them.