Woven Recycled Paper Bracelet, ‘Sahara’, Large

Woven Recycled Paper Bracelet, ‘Sahara’, Large

I made this!!! A dogfood bag becomes art. This bracelet is made of folded pieces of paper in what is known as the “candywrapper technique”. Prisoners made this technique famous by making purses and sculptures out of soft wrappings form cigarette packs.

I have made several purses using this technique, but they get pretty pricey. So, due to popular request, I made a few smaller pieces. I recycle the top layer of paper that comes on my dogfood bags. They have a protective coating on them, which helps make them more durable, but close scrutiny will reveal cracks from where the paper was handled.

This bracelet has about 80 pieces of paper that have been folded and interlocked with each other. Each row is sewn internally to the next one. I use fake gut. The beads are carved discs made from ostrich eggs from Kenya and green soapstone.

Diameter: 3.25″ or 7.5 centimeters.

This bracelet is for a large hand (like mine). The plaster hand in the photo was done of my hand. I have big guy hands. A smaller person could wear this pushed up over their elbow.


This listing refers you to my shop on Etsy. I’ve been there for a long time and sold on eBay for nine years before that. I will be adding new listings to my shop here on Artizan Made. I also manage shops for Afghan Tribal Arts and Oshiwa Designs. Purchased between the three shops can be shipped together. I will send an invoice for shipping separately if it involves items that don’t fit into a flat rate envelope.

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Rayela Art

I have loved working with my hands since childhood and have tried many craft techniques, finally settling on the textile arts as my main form of expression. I like pulling bits and pieces together to make a greater whole, assembling textures on to a form. But, my bins of fabric are on hold for now as I recently discovered a new obsession, knitting! We’ll see how all of these interests merge together over time… I have also sold supplies and tools that I purchase from traders or find in thrift stores. Textile remnants and printing blocks are two favorites I look for. So you might find these, along with what I make, in my shop.

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Shipping Policy

I use the United States Postal Service for shipping, usually using their flat rate envelopes and boxes. I can ship using 1st Class airmail, which is a lot cheaper, but it is not as secure. In the over 20 years that I have used the US Post Office, rarely has there been a loss of mail, although many countries do keep things in customs for a long time. If something is lost, we will process it through the US Post Office. This cannot be done until one month after the shipping date and takes a couple of weeks. I am not responsible for products lost in the mail.

Refund Policy

Full refunds minus shipping are given on all returns. Customer pays for shipping both to purchase and to return. Returns must be done within 10 days of purchase. International customers can return within 10 days of receipt, but need to check in and inform me about what is going on.

Cancellation / Return / Exchange Policy

I believe that customers should be 100% happy with what they buy from me, so will accept returns with no questions asked. Although the internet has made it much easier to access our beautiful world, there are many reasons something might not be quite what was expected. I try to photograph each piece as well as I can and give good descriptions, but if you are not happy with what you bought, do return it.

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