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Monday, July 15, 2013

Up-cycling (Letting the Cat out of the Bag) and an Ode to Iowa

Did you know that some of the copper wire that I use to make my pieces is actually scrap copper that my  contractor father-in-law gives me? It's called "upcycling" and it's about taking something that would otherwise be discarded and breathing new life into it. He brings me buckets of old cords and wires he pulls out of construction jobs. I strip, clean and measure the gauge of the wire. Then, I use that wire to create the very jewelry you see here on my site. It's Earth friendly. At first I was advised not to let my customers know this, but in my heart I know that most people will appreciate will actually think it's really cool and appreciate that in another life your necklace, viking knit bracelet or Bold Swirl Ring might have had a current running through it, giving power to somebody's home.

Here is a new creation, a Geode pendant on a handmade viking knit chain.  The Geode is the Iowa state rock.  Being an Iowa girl, I thought it'd be great to make a necklace featuring this beautiful stone.

I am also posting a picture of the wire Iowa 80/35 Des Moines pendant I made.  

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