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
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.
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.
Well, enough of my showing off I suppose.
Thank You For Your Consideration,
The Time-Bandit-Ten in Graham, WA