I decided to enter the repurposing challenge on the Art Elements Blog. The reveal date is April 30. As of today (April 29) I do not have a list of participating blogs thru an Internet snafu but will post them when I get them. Hey! I wanna see everyone’s work too!
Repurposing is the first and last refuge of the poor artist. I’ve been using repurposed materials in my art for a long time. In honor of the repurposing challenge, I have added a new item to the menu area of my blog that contains a selection of posts where I have repurposed or recycled materials. Just in case this does not post as scheduled, you can access it here.
And now for the challenge. The cuff bracelet base is made from a piece of brass hardware that in another life was part of my mother-in-laws dining room chandelier.
The silver corrugated section had another life as a butter knife in my Grandmother’s house.
A friend gave me her deceased father’s enameling supplies. There were a number of copper switch plates. I cut one up and that comprises the copper section.
When I got married, I bought a set of brass charger plates at a house sale imagining that I would use them for entertaining. Screw that. I am annealing them and cutting them up one by one and making jewelry out of them. That’s where the fold-formed element comes from.
All the sections of the bracelet are riveted together (except the brass fold formed part is soldered to the copper beneath it.) with rivets made from stripped electrical wire.
Some older pieces
I challenged myself to make a necklace completely out of materials I found on the sidewalk. The above necklace is made of drilled stones, a twig, electrical wire, and a cable from an old window.
This shield pendant is made from the body of an old lock I probably picked up at a flea market. I soldered some jump rings to the back after some attempts at texturing and patination. The chain is from another piece of jewelry.
Here are links to the participating bloggers and to the Art Elements Team.
Evie & Beth
Lesley Watt - Artisan Elements