Monday, October 26, 2009

Antiques Made New

As much as I love beads, I have a fondness for creating jewelry with non-jewelry items. Most often that being typewriter keys. Occasionally I may make a bracelet of random keys but usually I try to get words or sayings on my bracelets and have a theme or sense of pairing to my earrings. I also LOVE adding dangles and charms feeling the jewelry is bare or unfinished without them. These pieces make excellent gifts for teachers, writers, or anyone who appreciates the way it used to be.



The typewriter keys I use are ALL authentic! They come from very old typewriters nearing 100 years old. Some would say this is terrible, to tear apart such engineering marvels just to create a pair of earrings. For the antiquarians out there, please know that I have never taken apart a wonderful, working typewriter. The typewriters I use are usually rusted, inoperable, more costly than practical to repair and have been gathering dust and moisture for years. This hobby of mine is certainly preserving history in a decorative and useful manner. The left over typewriter parts are brought to a metal recycler.

3 comments:

Michele said...

ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!!
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Michele said...

ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!!
I follow you in Twitter as ByYouSide2009
Fanned you on Facebook and signing up to follow your blog!!
~Michele

Mine are here, would love to "see" you there!

http://michele-byyourside.blogspot.com/

http://www.facebook.com/ByYourSide2009

Kathy said...

The typewriter keys are my very favorite!!!!!! Great stuff!

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