Recycled jewelry is fun. It’s really just fun! A couple of years
ago I had a show at a gallery in New York, and it was all
recycled jewelry, using recycled materials. I went right over
where I live here in Asheville, North Carolina to a place called
Biltmore Scrap & Metal. You buy scrap metal by the pound. I made
handmade chains from old copper wire from the electric company.
There was a box of door hinge pins and door stops there and we
reground them. We tooled them on the grinder and made them into
beautiful, huge, recycled jewelry pendants that were very
medieval. They were 100% recycled materials. You can also do
something called “etching the metal” using Ferric Chloride, which
is a salt. By using a resist, even in these sheets of copper that
we found, we acid-etched patterns. With that, the whole show was
recycled materials. Recycled jewelry really is fun. You aren’t
starting with a blank slate saying, “hmm what am I going to
make?” You’re starting with a bunch of stuff and saying, “what
can I do with this to make it into wearable, beautiful, recycled
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