But one of them won't decompose if you keep it around, and that, in itself, can cause problems. What does one do with all the old credit cards that aren't good for money any more? One can only keep so many scraping and phone-screen-protector-flattening tools. One could, boringly and wastefully, throw the expired cards in the trash, or... one could make jewelry out of them!
That was the novel use I put to a couple of my cards in the recent past, producing the outsized paisley rectangle earrings you see below.
If you'd like to make your own, here's what you'll need:
- An old credit card
- Thin paper (I used printed tissue paper)
- Spray adhesive
- A drill
- Earring hooks
I'm not sure what good an expired magnetic strip will do any thief, but just to be safe, I rubbed a magnet all over it to garble the data.
Then, clip off the corners so they are rounded and will not stab anyone.
I found it was helpful to put the paper inside a shoebox first, so the spray was less likely to get everywhere.
I cut mine flush with the edge of the card, but I think it would glue down more smoothly if you actually cut somewhere in the middle of the card.
Wear your new avant garde earrings! I chose to pair them with a pretty bohemian chiffon sundress.