The Most Glamorous Way To Recycle This Season

Old and broken jewellery is given a new lease of life thanks to a Lancashire-based designer
May 11, 2009 - PRLog -- Everyone has a drawer full of broken jewellery, mysterious keys and unwearable bits and bobs... Lancashire-based designer Kat Dibbits decided to turn hers into fabulous new pieces.
Kat set up her shop, Made With Love by Kat, online at the website Etsy and its UK equivalent Folksy (, and was soon surprised by how popular the pieces are.
She says: "I take old brooches, earrings, bracelets and small keys and rework them into new one-off pieces. It's proving to be really popular - I think in these credit crunch times people are looking for something really special to spend their money on. Knowing that no-one else in the world has the same necklace as you is a great feeling."
Kat only creates pieces that she herself would wear, and admits that sometimes it is hard to part with them.
"If I really love a piece I've made then it's likely that other people will too," she says. "But sometimes I wish I could just keep them all for myself."
26-year-old Kat works as an arts journalist by day, and takes much of her inspiration from the pictures of theatrical costumes she is sent.
She says: "The romance of ballet dancers is definitely a big influence - the costumes you see in a production of something like Swan Lake are just beautiful.
"But I write a lot about rock and pop music as well, so there's a bit of a fun, rocky edge too."

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I turn broken and unloved vintage jewellery into fabulous, unique new pieces using gorgeous chain, stones, pearls, buttons and ribbon. Most of my pieces are complete one-offs, which means you will never see anyone wearing the same item!
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