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Digging around in a booth at a Flea Market, I discovered an old box with a treasure trove of stampings– many over 100 years old. Intrigued by them she researched and found that most of the companies that had made them were still in business and still had most of the original molds. Around the same time someone had sent her a picture of a “Steampunk” computer that led to hours of looking at different things people made with old clocks and watches.

Flipping through the Xerox copies of the stampings that made up the catalogs and remembering a box of old watches she had seen at one of her second hand haunts she knew she wanted to create a collection of jewelry featuring the artistic heritage of jewelry making in the United States while featuring the hidden beauty of the insides of old watches.

The stampings I get in raw brass form are sawed, hamme…

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  • Born on August 17
  • Joined July 11, 2008

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Silver, Copper, Pewter, Natural Stones, Crystals, Old Bits and Pieces, Wool, Paper, Glue, Everything

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About

Digging around in a booth at a Flea Market, I discovered an old box with a treasure trove of stampings– many over 100 years old. Intrigued by them she researched and found that most of the companies that had made them were still in business and still had most of the original molds. Around the same time someone had sent her a picture of a “Steampunk” computer that led to hours of looking at different things people made with old clocks and watches.

Flipping through the Xerox copies of the stampings that made up the catalogs and remembering a box of old watches she had seen at one of her second hand haunts she knew she wanted to create a collection of jewelry featuring the artistic heritage of jewelry making in the United States while featuring the hidden beauty of the insides of old watches.

The stampings I get in raw brass form are sawed, hammered, riveted, plated, oxidized, and formed into pieces inspired by the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and current Eras depending on the minute details of the watch.

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