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Just What is Repurposeing? – If You Care

My artism involves what I lovingly call repurposing.  Basically that means I take old things, usually things you wouldn’t make jewelry out of, and turn it in to new, hopefully beautiful jewelry.  I started with old bottle caps and then went to electric typewriter keys and scrabble tiles.  The following is a less than complete list of things I have repurposed or am working on repurposing:

  • Game Pieces (Scrabble, Monopoly, Stratego, etc.)
  • Old Costume Jewelry (Charms, Charm Bracelets, Pins, etc.)
  • Pieces of Broken China
  • Guitar Picks
  • Watches
  • Spoons

My latest effort involves antique watch crystals.  Those are the plastic pieces that cover the inner workings.  After discovering that soldering did not work and was not attractive, I stumbled on drilling them and sewing them together with thin wire.  Inside I put crystals and other small stone chips.  I am pretty happy with the result.  I think I will put the smaller ones on charm bracelets and leave the larger ones as pendants.

Watch Crystal Charms or Pendants

Watch Crystal Charms or Pendants

Prior to working on the watch crystal puzzle, I completed a stuffed charm bracelet using antique merry-go-round charms and pink and mauve stones.

Merry-Go-Round Charm Bracelet

Merry-Go-Round Charm Bracelet

Well, enough of my showing off I suppose.

Thank You For Your Consideration,

The Time-Bandit-Ten in Graham, WA

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