Christine:

 

Tin Jeweler  |  Reckless Recycler

“Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”― Boyd K. Packer

 

When I was a kid I used to laugh at my mom for her drawer of 'gently used' tin foil. It seemed excessive at best, but more likely just a bit loony. Now, of course, I have a little stash of my own and I 'get' why she did it. It wasn't about the money. It was about using things up.

Tin Jewelry

It’s this drive to ‘waste not’ that inspired the adaptive reuse line of art jewelry. Wanting to explore the world of metalsmithing, but not wanting to invest in expensive tools and materials, I stumbled across the idea of using old tin cans. I picked up a few during my next thrift store foray and the rest, as they say, is history. I was immediately smitten by not only the found imagery and color, but also by the realization that I had found a use for what someone else found useless.

Ex Libris Jewelry

As much as I love to work with tin, I’m constantly inspired by new materials and techniques. I’ve toyed with many over the years, but most are just passing affairs. Over this last year I've also started playing around with vintage hardcover books as a jewelry material. You can find that work exclusively in my shop here or at Echo in Johnson City.