Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Rusty Wear

A few weeks ago, an old cement shell of a building was demolished.
When I walked by the site, I saw thes lovely bits of rusted metal, and I knew I would have to take them home.

I took the flat pieces of the metal strapping, hammered it, removed some the rust, and.....

made some earrings....

and a couple of necklaces.

 I left the metal with the lovely patina, but have added a couple of layers of paste wax that are well rubbed in. 

I love the story behind these pieces of jewelry.   To know that the metal had 35 years (or so) within the walls or floors and then it became some jewelry. 

These rusty pieces are available in my Etsy shop.

Our snow was almost gone and then yesterday it SNOWED ALL DAY.  We received over a foot of snow. 
 Hopefully I will be able to sit out on my deck again soon.


  1. You have a wonderful eye for giving new life to lovely old objects, beautiful ;)

  2. I love the way you rescued the metal strapping and turned it into something beautiful.

    You have snow!!! It was almost 100ยบ here today!

  3. boo snow! well done with the recycling. I'm sure it will all sell out in your shop.

  4. I love these, they look especially charming on your little Balinese man :)

  5. Beautiful pieces! And such history! I wonder what the building was meant to be?

    (OMG over a foot of snow in MAY??????????? I don’t know how you stand it!)

  6. Gorgeous work Kim, as always. Just beautiful. Your artistic eye can see possibilities in things and your spirit can see possibility in things sun chairs filled with know you will be able to sit in the sun in them one of these days. Love this post. *smiling* Norma

  7. Those are just wonderful! To think that would have all been taken to the scrap yard....and will now look amazing on some lucky girl's lobes and neck!

    It is near 90 degrees here. i wish we could trade for a while...haha!

  8. Just great! How clever you are.

  9. Beautiful stories to go with your beautiful jewelry!
    Yikes, snow! I will stop complaining about coolish weather here.

  10. Creativity really knows no bounds! You need to have a keen eye for detail, and with dexterity to match as well, to be able to make something out of used metal strapping. Who would’ve thought that such metals can be recycled and be used to create something wonderful? Good job!

    -Carl Patten

  11. This is the post I was looking for!!! I love the earrings and the pendants. Beautiful work!!!