Most of the Evi~lance jewelry is made from recycled rubber. By using rubber, the jewelry is stretchable, flexible, soft, strong and light.
Natural rubber is usually made of latex, which is extracted from the bark of the Brazilian rubber tree (Hevea Brasiliensis). About 33% of the juice, which is also called latex, consists of rubber. The latex is then filtered, after which it is diluted with water. This is then treated with acid, so that the rubber particles solidify. The material, which we know as rubber, is finally rolled into thin slices and dried.
All rubber is cleaned so that possible dirt is cleaned and or the potential talc that is in it is removed. After this, all rubber is dried and rubbed with a dry cloth. Next, the rubber is cut to the desired length, and after that into strips or circles, etc., and optionally strung with beads to make a necklace or a bracelet.
Latex can be colored by blending in water–based pigments. The latex is dry when the white color has changed to a more or less transparent yellow–brown color.
Craft foam or craft rubber is supple and flexible material that is easy to work with. It is available in sheets in different sizes and in various colors, with or without prints and punched shapes. Craft foam is hydrophobic; easy to glue and easy to be painted. It can be combined easily in making jewelry.
Magazines, old posters, paper rolls, newspapers, etc. are also used for Evi~lance jewelry. First, the paper is dyed in different color combinations. After that, the paper is cut into pieces, which are then rolled by hand. Next, the paper beads are sprayed with varnish, to prevent them falling apart when getting into contact with water, perspiration or rain. Finally, they are dried. As soon as the beads are dry, they can be used to make jewelry.
Thus, old paper gets a fashionable second life in Evi~lance jewelry.
Canvas as a material is used for a variety of matters for example for paintings. The same procedure in the making of the paper beads is used to make canvas beads: cut strips, rolling by hand, spraying with varnish and let the beads dry.
The jewelry, which is made of paper or canvas beads, is also light and varies in length.
To emphasize the beauty of the rubber in the best way and to ensure that the jewelry has matches the style Evita, the designer wants to convey, we use various kinds of beads. Think of beads of inter alia, of wood. In addition, special beads are also used, such as cloisonné beads (enameled metal), handmade glass beads, and beads of semi–precious gemstones such as tiger’s eye, blue–green azurite malachite calsilica, Picasso Jaspis and jade.
A selection of beads is discussed below.
Abalone is an edible sea snail. The meat is considered a delicacy and therefore quite expensive. After processing, beautiful and expensive jewelry is made of the abalone shell. The color of the abalone shell varies. The nacre, which is part of the abalone shell, may have a silver–white color with a hint of green, red and purple, or deep blue, which is fused with green, yellow, pink, and possibly red.
In many cultures, magical, powerful, positive and purifying properties are ascribed to the abalone shell. It is said that the nacre may be good for digestion, it may bring inner wealth, it can give strength and offers people a long life. Abalone shells are often used during meditation, as this would be good for the intuition and the spiritual and psychological development. With a lighted candle, it would give new insights, bring peace and ensure that it can break old habits and that one dares to allow renewal.
When people talk about pearls, they talk about the cultivated pearls, since natural pearls are rare or not for sale. There are two types of cultivated pearls: salt pearls and freshwater pearls. The saltwater pearl grows into an oyster; the freshwater pearl grows in a mussel. In addition there are uncultured, also called wild or natural (habitat), pearls. These pearls are often irregularly shaped.
Besides the cultived pearls there are also imitation pearls, called Majorca or Majorica pearls, which people have made. These pearls are glass balls that are surrounded by a layer of adhesive with fish scales (especially herring).
Cultivated or natural pearls can be distinguished easily from imitation pearls. One way to find out is to grate/move the pearl along the front teeth. Imitation pearls then feel very smooth, while natural/real pearl feels rough. An important distinction is that an imitation pearl is always drilled. This has to do with the manufacturing process. At the borehole often, a raised edge is visible. Natural pearls always feel a bit colder and if the beads are tapped gently against each one hears a soft click.
For Evi~lance jewelry imitation pearls, cultivated freshwater pearls and wild pearls (shape: pear, baroque and rings) are used.