Tyre Talk Column: Ray goes global with his hobby of making upcycled tyre jewellery

Ray Pantling, owner of Tyres Direct in Bletchley, explains how his passion for creating handmade tyre earrings has led to him becoming an Amazon Artisan, with his products now available to buy online…

Hatton Garden is known for its famous jewellery heist that saw robbers steal 14 million pounds’ worth from a safe deposit vault in 2015.

But I wonder if next time it might be a rubber jewellery heist? It will be if I have anything to do with it!

Regular Celebrate:MK readers will know that I enjoy making upcycled handmade jewellery from used car tyres at Tyres Direct. And now I am pleased to report that I have become an Amazon Artisan, so people can buy my products on the Amazon Handmade website!

I like my jewellery to tell a story, so that the people wearing it are able to talk about what they are wearing. I like to go for cultured, cool designs and I get my inspiration from the curved shapes associated with tyres.

All the jewellery is bespoke and I’m committed to using materials associated to my industry and upcycling it to give it a second life – no two earrings are exactly the same.

Jewellery is something for me that has a lot to do with emotion, and helps to create an aura.

My favourite material to use is car inner tubes and simple base metals, plus silver and gold for the earring hooks (nickel free). My latest in design is football earrings, which I can make in any colours requested.

Aside from earrings, I have also made tyre sandals, tyre belts, tyre zip pullers, tyre keyrings, tyre bracelets, a tyre sculptured bird, a tyre dog bed, tyre flower hanging baskets, tyre shelves and tyre coffee tables, which you can see on my Facebook @TyresDirectBletch and Instagram @tyresdirectmk.

But who would have thought back in the days when this totter was travelling around collecting old scrap tyres, then being forced to dump them in the side streets of London, that I could end up selling that scrap rubber as jewellery and other useful items?

I can also create a tyrerockery, tyrestairwells, tyrewalls and even a tyrehouse if anyone wants one!

Email Ray on tyresdirect@gmail.com if you have a particular request or question, or for further information.

You can visit Ray Pantling’s Amazon Handmade page online at amazon.co.uk/dp/B07WWG3SBC

Earring photos (above) are (1) Feather Leafed, (2) African Sway and (3) Winter on the Ear, all handmade by Ray.

This feature was published in the October 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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