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Unique one-of-a-kind jewelry made from recycled computer keyboards, vintage game pieces, dominoes, guitar picks and other found and altered objects, handmade gemstone and porcelain bracelets, necklaces and earrings and local beach glass.

I am inspired by the beauty of the mundane and the joy of the unexpected. I love to mix new and old and natural and unnatural to see the way that the colors, shapes and textures come together to create something beautiful. I also like to create simple pieces that allow us to relax, show our silly side and simply bring out our inner child.

When I'm looking for objects to use in my pieces, I like to pick them up, to feel the weight of them in my hands, to turn them over and study them for imperfections and signs of age that tell their story. How do they smell? What was their purpose? How can they become…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 10
  • Joined September 6, 2011

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Computer Keyboards, Vintage Game Pieces, Guitar Picks and other Found Objects

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About

Unique one-of-a-kind jewelry made from recycled computer keyboards, vintage game pieces, dominoes, guitar picks and other found and altered objects, handmade gemstone and porcelain bracelets, necklaces and earrings and local beach glass.

I am inspired by the beauty of the mundane and the joy of the unexpected. I love to mix new and old and natural and unnatural to see the way that the colors, shapes and textures come together to create something beautiful. I also like to create simple pieces that allow us to relax, show our silly side and simply bring out our inner child.

When I'm looking for objects to use in my pieces, I like to pick them up, to feel the weight of them in my hands, to turn them over and study them for imperfections and signs of age that tell their story. How do they smell? What was their purpose? How can they become useful again?

That answer became apparent to me when a friend introduced me to beading. It was clear to me that I loved jewelry making but I felt restricted and needed to be more hands-on, get dirty and use things that just didn't quite fit or belong.

Eventually, I found myself just looking at everything and saying to myself, "self, you could make something out of that." Even my friends bring me things and say, "I thought you could make something out of this."

There you have it, The Crafty Panda Girl was born.

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