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Please note: I have been using recycled metals in my jewelry for over 35 years. I did not just jump onto the recycle bandwagon to be hip.

Here' my story: After the Hunt Brothers cornered the silver market in the 1970's silver prices became to exorbitant for a university student like myself. Because of this, in 1978 we took a class trip to the scrapyard to salvage supplies. Picking my way through that scrapyard was like hunting through a treasure chest. I became hooked and since then I have used recycled metal in all my jewelry.

My unique line of jewelry is totally hand fabricated from primarily found and recycled materials, in the French Acadian area of Lafayette, LA...fondly known as Cajun Country! I've studied the craft of metal smithing and design, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Metals and Jewelry and a…

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  • Joined November 23, 2010

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Recycled metals, brass, and copper

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About

Please note: I have been using recycled metals in my jewelry for over 35 years. I did not just jump onto the recycle bandwagon to be hip.

Here' my story: After the Hunt Brothers cornered the silver market in the 1970's silver prices became to exorbitant for a university student like myself. Because of this, in 1978 we took a class trip to the scrapyard to salvage supplies. Picking my way through that scrapyard was like hunting through a treasure chest. I became hooked and since then I have used recycled metal in all my jewelry.

My unique line of jewelry is totally hand fabricated from primarily found and recycled materials, in the French Acadian area of Lafayette, LA...fondly known as Cajun Country! I've studied the craft of metal smithing and design, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Metals and Jewelry and a certification from The Gemological Institute of America. My jewelry has been shown in fine galleries and major art fairs throughout the U.S. for the past 21 years.

All pieces are original designs and individually hand fabricated from sterling silver, copper, and brass. All of the copper and about 90% of the brass is recycled and obtained at local scrap yards and other industrial sites.



I begin the transformation process with sheets of metal. All pieces are hand cut and a wide variety of texturing and colorization techniques are used. After, the pieces are shaped by hammering on jeweler’s stakes. Colors are achieved through several heat and chemical processes and result in each piece being unique and vibrant. Some of the finishing processes include hand filing, buffing, polishing and hand etching. All brass and copper pieces are lacquered to seal in the color.

If you have any questions please send me a conversation, I'd be happy to answer them.

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