Introduction: Sushi Tray Jewelry

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Do you love sushi? Do you hate having to just toss these beautiful trays into the recycling bin? In that case, use the plastic trays to make unique jewelry. I have included directions for this pair. You will also find examples of other jewelry pieces all made with just two sushi trays, beads and chain that I had around the house.

Step 1: You Will Need 2 Sushi Trays, Scissors, Tracing Paper, Tape, Pliers, Earwires and a Hole Punch

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Begin by washing the tray. That wasabi can stick!

1. It is best to cut down the middle of the corners toward the flat section. Next, fold back the edges and cut out the flat part. (Save the edges for more styles of jewelry shown later).

2. Draw earring shapes. These earrings can be large because the sushi tray plastic is light.

3. Fold each shape in half to make sure that it is symmetrical. (otherwise create free form shapes. Careful not to make tight concave curves as they are harder to cut and maintain a smooth edge).

4. Layout the paper shapes on the trays. Put the shapes over the patterns that you like and tape them into place. Tracing paper is recommended so that it is easier to see the designs below. Remember that earrings often are mirror image designs of each other. For example, more black on the left earring should be balanced with more black on the right.

5. I used a jewelry hole punch but you can use a drill or hot needle to form a hole.

6. Next attach pre-made ear wires using pliers.

Step 2: You Can Gently Bend Your Shapes and Make Them Concave or Convex

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For a 3-dimansional shape, gently roll your sushi piece over your finger and bend it into a curve. Do not attempt to fold or crease as this cracks the plastic tray. (Yes, I tried it). Use the pre-folded edges for designs where you want to make a piece with a right angle bend.

Step 3: Hunt in Your Bead Box and Add Some Goodies to the Sushi Tray Shapes

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Now have fun and hunt in your old bead box. Make additional holes and use traditional beading techniques to embellish your "Sushi Tray Jewelry".

All these designs were made with only two sushi trays.

If you would like specifics on any design feel free to contact me. I will be eating sushi or making jewelry!

Come see me at the UCSF Living Green Fair on May the 8th From 11am- 2pm. I will be exhibiting recycled art jewelry.


laeryl (author)2015-05-09

I love it! Thinking of starting an anime club at my library and I'm looking for crafts and projects they can do along with watching the anime. I think this will be a really fun one :) Thanks!

joppenheimer (author)laeryl2015-05-09

Have fun and create! This project is good for making in a space like a library as there is not much mess. I looked up a site Titled," 10 Reasons Why Anime Nerds are Highly Satisfied in Life". It is a fun list.
If you get a chance please post images of the results your group made!

laeryl (author)joppenheimer2015-05-09

Cool Site, thanks! I'll look through it

patsheldon (author)2014-05-26

very cleaver! :)

绛彧 (author)2014-05-01

love it!So beautiful!

joppenheimer (author)绛彧2014-05-01

Thanks. They were fun to make! Please vote in the jewelry contest.

ChiGirl (author)2014-04-24

I have been collecting these trays for some time, now I know why. Thank you!

joppenheimer (author)ChiGirl2014-04-24

Yes, they are too nicely designed to just recycle. I heard that you can heat the plastic slowly in the oven and thicken it like a "shrinky dink". I will have to save up some more trays and try this technique. Have fun with your trays!!

KiddleativyM4 (author)2014-04-24

I love it. The extra pieces you made and embellished with what you had on hand are so inspiring. What fun. Easy and cool.

Mielameri (author)2014-04-22

Ohhhh cute and clever! So simple, too :)

joppenheimer (author)Mielameri2014-04-22

So glad that you like them.

mnmama (author)2014-04-22

These are clever and they look nice, especially with the embellishments. Also, nevermind the wasabi, imagine how many cats would follow you if the trays aren't washed well! Unless you reeeeeaaaalllly like cats..... :)

joppenheimer (author)mnmama2014-04-22


emily_c (author)2014-04-22

You know you could use a sushi tray to hold your sushi jewelry!

joppenheimer (author)emily_c2014-04-22

Fun idea!!

vhx (author)2014-04-22

Very cool!

joppenheimer (author)vhx2014-04-22

Thanks! Glad you liked them!

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Bio: Making jewelry is my passion. Besides the innate beauty of metal, my creations are inspired by found objects and green materials. I love the challenge ... More »
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