We’ve discovered something that we just adore – recylced skateboard jewellery by O’Blue. Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted from old skate decks and since no two used boards are ever the same – every piece of jewellery is stunningly unique. The skateboards (and therefore the jewellery) are made from tasty 7 ply Canadian maple and have either a coloured, printed or stained outer layer. Each piece is lovingly handcrafted and finished with beeswax which brings out the natural grain and colour of the wood. This really is jewellery at it’s coolest, most ethical and most eco-friendly.
The designer of these little gems is Nat Rigby and she has kindly offered up two amazing prizes.
Prize 1 : Jewellery Set consisting of bangle, necklace and earrings. Pictured above. To win this just tell us:
What other things would be it cool to make out of old skateboards? (serious or funny)
Prize 2 : Your Own Jewllery Set Made From Your Own Old Skateboard!!! This is a totally unique and exclusive opportunity to have your old deck made into something gorgeous. You send in your old skateboard and as if by magic, Nat will create some little works of art!! To win this just:
Upload a picture of your skateboard to our facebook page
Good Luck. Keep reading for a little interview we did with Nat.
I started making jewellery about three years ago, I started recycling toys into jewellery – dolls house miniatures, Barbie shoes, anything I could get my hands on, this morphed into the recycling ethic that runs through my work. I have recycled fabric, tape measures, vinyl records, plates and crockery, cutlery and now skateboards and wheels.
Me and my husband have always been skaters ever since the second wave of popularity in the early 80’s. We’ve always collected our skateboards and treasured them, even the trashed and broken bits. We’d mount them on the walls, and even made a front gate for our house out of them. Then it occurred to me as I was already making upcycled jewellery what beautiful pieces each skateboard deck could make, and if other skaters were like us, it was a wonderful way to keep and show off your beloved trashed board.
I’m very inspired by popular culture and obviously art as I’m always surrounded by it. I’m also very inspired by graffiti, guerilla art and the DIY ethic of the punk movement. I think this shows in my jewellery. I am inspired by the things that people throw away, and like to take things that have come to the end of their life and re-create them into something with purpose. When it comes to skateboards, they have a long life and are thrashed, with love, and then put to one side. I like the fact that I can recycle them into something that a skater can wear or keep for years to come.
I’m currently working on a ‘pro series’ of skate jewellery which will be made out of the decks I can get off any pro skaters. I’ve just started and have just cajoled Matt Pritchard into giving me some of his thrashed Death boards. I’m desperate to get some more so any help would be appreciated!
Give us some fun facts about yourself…
– I collect old punk vinyl
– I practice Wing Chun Kung Fu
– I have a bonkers 3 year old boy
– I’m addicted to twitter!
Nat is currently stocking up her shop ready for christmas and has just started making dogtags, keyrings and man-dants for the boys because she felt she was neglecting them! Show some love and go buy yourself or someone else a unique bit of skateboard jewellery.