Wendy Willingham's Profile

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I began making jewelry from vintage jewelry pieces in the late 80s. I can remember looking for watch parts. I would go into a watch repair shop and ask for broken components to use to make brooches. (maybe early Steam Punk??) At that time, "reuse" and "upcycle" and "waste reduction" weren't on my mind while I was creating...I just wanted to make unusual items, though later and for most of my “regular” working life I worked in the environmental field with an emphasis on exactly those issues. It’s 3 decades later and I continue to love to create fun pieces. I have continued the "reuse" ethic by making jewelry using broken vintage watch and clock parts with the addition of odds and ends of found objects.

  • Female
  • Born on January 16
  • Joined October 14, 2010

Favorite materials

broken watches, hardware odds and ends, broken vintage jewelry parts

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About

I began making jewelry from vintage jewelry pieces in the late 80s. I can remember looking for watch parts. I would go into a watch repair shop and ask for broken components to use to make brooches. (maybe early Steam Punk??) At that time, "reuse" and "upcycle" and "waste reduction" weren't on my mind while I was creating...I just wanted to make unusual items, though later and for most of my “regular” working life I worked in the environmental field with an emphasis on exactly those issues. It’s 3 decades later and I continue to love to create fun pieces. I have continued the "reuse" ethic by making jewelry using broken vintage watch and clock parts with the addition of odds and ends of found objects.

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