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Sport to trash to sustainable fashion: LifeCycle Bracelets come full circle. A young artist's quest for a diamond in the rough. Read more

Waltham, MA Fashion
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Sport to trash to sustainable fashion: LifeCycle Bracelets come full circle. A young artist's quest for a diamond in the rough.

Waltham, MA Fashion
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The average bike shop produces 25-40 pounds of wasted chain PER MONTH!

LifeCycle bracelets are made entirely from bicycle chain that would otherwise be thrown away.  It costs bike shops money to ship the heavy waste chain to be melted back down for recycling.  I would like to set up a network with bike shops across the country to have this material shipped to me (at my expense) so that I can repurpose it into unique, fashionable bracelets and send them to my supporters.

Upon the funding of this project, the money will go towards paying to ship materials, building better forging tools, and electroplating bracelets.

LifeCycle bumper sticker

LifeCycle Keychain

LifeCycle Earrings

Powder-coated bracelets

Rainbow Powder-coated Bracelet

Chrome-Plated Bracelet

Silver-Plated Bracelet

Gold-Plated Bracelet

I have received so much encouragement about my costumes, that I thought I would offer some of them in support of LifeCycle bracelets.  All of the pieces below are one-of-a-kind, and all are entirely hand-made from reclaimed materials including bicycle inner tubes, chains, and other machine parts.  They are fastened together with thousands of nylon zip ties!

Red and Gray Bug-Eyed Mask.  This mask is made up of inner tubes that have been sliced into rings, then stitched together with a combination of red and gray nylon zip ties.  The protruding eyes feature stainless steel welding rings, and the hanging proboscis is made partially from plumbing parts.  Photo by Sarah Small http://www.sarahsmall.com/

Blue Welded Oculus Mask.  I welded the framework for this mask from reclaimed stainless steel. The left eye is shrouded by a sheet of inner tube rubber, while the left eye peers through a welded framework. The piece is hand-stitched together with approximately 350 UV reactive blue nylon zip ties.  Photo by Cannibalized photography. http://cannibalized.tumblr.com/

Long trenchcoat.  This unique piece weighs roughly ten pounds and utilizes approximately 2500 UV reactive blue nylon wire ties.  The photo below was shot by eyeballimaging.com on the twilight shore of Portland, ME.


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  • No. Just to keep thing simple, I am not charging additional fees for international shipping. Just go ahead and make your pledge, and I will happily send the item along.

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    7 backers

    Premium LifeCycle Bumper Sticker --- Help us out with a donation, and by spreading the word with a 3" LifeCycle bumper sticker. They also look great on bikes!

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    12 backers

    LifeCycle Keychain --- Made from reclaimed links of bike chain. Backers will receive one hand-made keychain and a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    6 backers

    Earrings --- Choose from a variety of colored earrings in white, black, yellow, red, purple, pink, blue, green, or gold. Your color preference will be surveyed before they are shipped. Backers will also receive a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    Pledge $38 or more

    12 backers

    Powder-coated LifeCycle Bracelet ---
    Backers will receive a colorful powder-coated LifeCycle bracelet (random color due to availability) and a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    Pledge $40 or more

    29 backers

    Powder-coated LifeCycle Bracelet --- Backers will receive a colorful powder-coated LifeCycle bracelet (color choice will be surveyed upon project funding. Colors include black, white, yellow, green, blue, purple, red, and pink) and a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    Pledge $65 or more

    9 backers

    Stainless Steel LifeCycle Bracelet ---
    Backers will receive a stainless steel LifeCycle bracelet and a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    Pledge $75 or more

    2 backers

    Rainbow Powder-coated LifeCycle Bracelet --- Backers will receive a Rainbow Powder-coated LifeCycle bracelet (random assortment of colors) and a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    Pledge $85 or more

    9 backers

    Chrome-Plated LifeCycle Bracelet ---
    Backers will receive a chrome-plated LifeCycle bracelet and a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    Pledge $125 or more

    4 backers

    Silver-Plated LifeCycle Bracelet ---
    Backers will receive a silver-plated LifeCycle bracelet and a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    Pledge $250 or more

    1 backer

    Gold-Plated LifeCycle Bracelet ---
    Backers will receive a 10K gold-plated LifeCycle bracelet and a premium bumper sticker for their car or bicycle with the LifeCycle bracelet logo.

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    Pledge $400 or more

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    Red and Gray Bug-Eyed Mask --- This mask is made up of inner tubes that have been sliced into rings, then stitched together with a combination of red and gray nylon zip ties. The protruding eyes feature stainless steel welding rings, and the hanging proboscis is made from plumbing parts.

    Estimated delivery:
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    Pledge $500 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Blue Welded Oculus Mask --- I welded the framework for this mask from reclaimed stainless steel. The left eye is shrouded by a sheet of inner tube rubber, while the left eye peers through a welded framework. The piece is hand-stitched together with approximately 350 UV reactive blue nylon zip ties.

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    Pledge $2,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (1 left of 1)

    Long trenchcoat --- This unique piece weighs roughly ten pounds and utilizes approximately 2500 UV reactive blue nylon wire ties. The photo below was shot by eyeballimaging.com on the twilight shore of Portland, ME.

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Funding period

- (40 days)