Thank you for Visiting ReclaimedWare.....ReclaimedWare is a project not an idea….
25 years ago, I began building jewelry from a variety of things that just were no longer important in the fast-moving world we were living in…..My first reclaimed jewelry project was from a roll of discarded copper tubing left by the air-conditioner service men…..I took the tubing and made a series of bracelets and earrings from every inch of it….and sold every single piece I’d made…..I began making jewelry from broken pieces of glass from soda bottles…and I thought it was really cool to have a necklace that had just part of a word that was so recognizable….but completely out of context……I then began looking for anything that didn’t fit…..maybe it was obsolete and never going to be used again for what it was designed for…and really no longer had a function……a purpose…and was now taking up space……I learned lapidary skills and stone cutting techniques in the mid 1970’s…I’ve cut thousands of pounds of stones in every shape and color imaginable……..and after 25 years I discovered….there is more than enough material available that doesn’t require digging…mining… explosions….explotation and pillaging to make beautiful wearable art….trips to salvage yards…thrift stores…metal recyclers…and garage sales produce an endless supply of material for me to work with….
One of the many wonderful aspects about Reclaimedware is no two pieces are ever alike…and there are only so many unfound discarded objects out there….what I find very intriguing is how everything I look at has the potential to be a piece of jewelry….
I like to work objects that have long-lost their purpose and function….I use concrete, reclaimed tile, glass, bowling balls, broken restaurant and sushi plates, “Motor Agate”, an automotive paint used in the major car manufacturing plants that was heated repeatedly in hand spray booths to rock hard and then discarded, antique typewriter keys, rulers and a wide variety of other products that I can find….and make into something beautiful and wearable….
Again, thank you for your visit and I hope something reclaimed finds you...until then...be well