Made with recycled materials, this distinctive Bee-Loved Bangle features papier mache and decoupage images.


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Bee-Loved Bangle

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I think the world of Gawad Kalinga (''to give care'' in Tagalog), a 501(c)3 foundation with an award-winning, holistic approach to fighting poverty. One of the ways New Hampshire jewelry designer Ramona Benitez McClelland contributes to their efforts is to travel to her native Philippines to teach jewelry making to women who are among the poorest of the poor. (See video)

Using their used plastic bottles, magazines, and newspapers, she shows them papier mache and decoupage techniques to create these distinctive bangles. After letting their creations dry in the sun, they polish and finish them with multiple coats of a non-toxic water seal.

Inspired by Ramona's love for her friends at, these bangles feature bee images (some images are vintage from the 1900s and others are medieval, so no two will be exactly alike) and a quote from Winnie the Pooh:''You can never tell with bees . . .''

The inside of the bangle is just as gorgeous as the outside, featuring a vibrant Japanese honeycomb fabric image. Because the bracelets are handmade, the size, color, and imprints may vary slightly, but what won't vary is how comfortable (and stunning!) they are to wear. They're flexible enough to fit a variety of wrist sizes too.

By purchasing one, you help provide what Ramona's son calls ''Triple P Benefits'': Livelihood for the less fortunate People in the Philippines, saving the Planet by using recycled materials, and Profits for community development projects with Gawad Kalinga. I'd like to add a fourth P: You'll have one of the Prettiest bangles we've ever seen.

#34305 - approx. 1.5''-1.75'' wide
Regularly $34.95   Sale price $24.97

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