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

 

 

weathered leather

1454820_500728843376817_757835387_nDespite the name – these are anything but weathered. Soft leather wrap bracelets are the base for several different hues of patinas that occur in nature. It’s when rain and the environment meet metal – but captured in viterous enamel instead. The enamel is torch-fired at more than 1500 degrees to preserve the colors. These pieces remind us that with ages comes beauty.

The inspiration for these colors is the beauty that is displayed in the photo below.089c8aca20d4a4bb986750fab14ff208 Multiple shades of browns, purples and turquoise can either be dressed up or worn with casual attire.

blue buckle

IMG_4052Not a leather wrap bracelet, but one that buckles. Comfortable and soft to wear. Accented with torch-fired sky blue enamel flowers. Using several different vitreous enamel colors and a torch to create a soft, yet appealing color of blue. Great for everyday wear.

Inspiration can come from others who create beauty as well. This piece displays the same dessert colors and is hand woven. It’s what inspired my bracelet.1746644058af1977c72a22db2e6a6e62

fall leaves

IMG_4018Fall can be a new beginning and a time to experience things that are warm and comfortable. There soft leather wrap bracelets invoke both feelings of warmth, through the use of color, and comfort in the rich dark brown leather. The enamels are torch-fired at more than 1500 degrees to preserve the colors that mother nature hides from us most of the year.

Fall is a great time of color and no better way to be inspired than by the photo shown here.942ff13388c009b39f17404a52baf0ab

red flame

IMG_3886 IMG_3888A brass cuff bracelet makes this enamel piece adjustable. Fire-patina on the brass is created through a process of placing the brass in the torch flame and then quickly quenching in water to capture the colors that the flame created. This patina is complimented in every way by the red flame enamel flowers. Vitreous enamel is torch-fired at 1500 degrees to produce the luster finish on these flowers.

Taking a lead from mother nature, the inspiration behind this bracelet is the red chili pepper photo seen here.f1271fdde999a27731f2271b4fec17a4

mediterranean

IMG_3884Taking elements found in your local hardware store and turning them into a things of beauty. Ordinary copper tubing is transformed into the cuff bracelet that serves as a base for this adjustable piece of jewelry. Hand-formed copper flowers are coated with vitreous enamel and fire at 1500 degrees.

Inspiration comes from the photo, shown here, in a scene that could come from a different era. When times were more simple and you used what you had available to create something beautiful. 5ef3095a6ba6c61778dc435174e2b2c4

setting sun

IMG_3882IMG_3883A brass cuff bracelet makes this enamel piece adjustable. Fire-patina on the brass is created through a process of placing the brass in the torch flame and then quickly quenching in water to capture the colors that the flame created. This patina is complimented by the two-tone, layered enamel flowers in mandarin orange and petal pink. Vitreous enamel is torch-fired at 1500 degrees to produce the luster finish on these flowers.

Taking a lead from mother nature, the colors captured in this sunset photo – seen here – are also captured by this piece of wearable art.fall-sunset