recycled beauty

grandma's butter knife upccycled with hand formed torch-fired enamel flowersRecycled from Grandma’s kitchen – are two silver plated butter knives that are formed into cuff bracelets. Handmade metal work flowers are coated in vitreous enamels in two shades green and torch-fired at 1500 degrees to produce the luster finish you see. The enamel flowers are attached to the cuff bracelet with micro-screws to complete the look.

The visual inspiration for these recycled pieces is the photo seen here. Old trucks, fresh from the farm, have a wonderful assortment of rich patina colors.7c80429cd83ec3f61852f59d9cd7bbf1

 

 

cherries

Round cut jade beads, cherry red natural coral beads, handmade metalwork and enameled base and flower; dark brown genuine leather cording completes the look.Round cut jade beads in a darker shade of green (appreciated for guarding its wearer against accidents and misfortune) are found on the lowest strand; cherry red natural coral beads on the center strand and round jade beads in an opaque pale green finish off the top-tier of this adjustable necklace. A handmade metalwork base and flower are coated in lichen green and fire-red enamel respectively, and serve as a unique focal piece. Each enamel piece is hand-formed; coated in vitreous enamel and torch-fired at more than 1500 degrees. Dark brown genuine leather cording completes the look.

This look was inspired by the appeal of vintage green milk glass bowls filled with fresh cherries – pictured here.87c326d12a2ebf04cd28e6c3d0c39e14 Great when paired with a sundress or used to brighten a pale winter sweater.

boots

Impression Jasper rondelles; fire polished Czech glass in root beer; round Czech glass in opaque pale turquoise. Handmade metalwork enameled flowers on a reclaimed silver plated spoon handle serves as a unique focal piece. Pale turquoise knotting cord and genuine leather cording complete the look. Impression Jasper rondelles (appreciated for providing its wearer with inner peace, clarity and compassion) are found on the lowest strand; fire polished Czech glass in root beer on the center strand and round Czech glass in opaque pale turquoise finishes off the top tier of this necklace. Handmade metalwork flowers coated in lichen and beryl green enamel are affixed to a reclaimed silver plated spoon handle and serve as a unique focal piece. Each enamel piece is hand-formed; coated in vitreous enamel and torch-fired at more than 1500 degrees. Pale turquoise knotting cord and genuine leather cording complete the look. The beads are free-flowing on the strands so that they move with you.

 

The color choices for this piece were influenced by the photo below. This necklace is easy to wear and looks great whether you dress it up or wear it with your favorite pair of jeans and cowboy boots.0fefb07445ac29a71e87844d01e2eb19

 

beach

Round limestone beads; fire agate faceted beads; round Czech glass in opaque turquoise. Handmade metalwork flowers coated in sky blue and sea foam green enamel are affixed to a reclaimed silver plated demitasse spoon and serves as a unique focal piece. Round limestone beads (formed by swift currents in the sea) are found on the lowest strand; fire agate faceted beads (on the center strand) have a deep calming energy that brings security and safety and round Czech glass in opaque turquoise finishes off the top strand of this necklace. Handmade metalwork flowers coated in sky blue and sea foam green enamel are affixed to a reclaimed silver plated demitasse spoon and serves as a unique focal piece. Each enamel piece is hand-formed; coated in vitreous enamel and torch-fired at more than 1500 degrees. Genuine leather cording completes the look.

My color inspiration for this piece was influenced by the photo below. This necklace reminds us to slow down and remember those lazy summer days spent at the beach.d6f57a136d2ce3d48e12b7c35c439cbb