Nancy Kingsbury's Profile

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I love creating jewelry from upcycled (recycled) materials, a.k.a. junk. I especially like mixing materials that don't 'go' together, like metal and plastics, or stones and paper. I think using junk is in my genes. My parents grew up during the Depression and they saved everything- old shoelaces, metal gizmos, plastic lids, worn out shoes. It’s no accident I’ve used each of those materials in my work! In addition to thrift, they also passed on an ‘I can do it’ attitude and the idea that you can substitute one thing for another and make it work. Although most people think I'm serious minded, I love making people smile when they see I’m wearing my trash. It’s unexpected and fun. I take my workmanship seriously, though, and strive to make things that will last for years.

I’ve been using recycled materials in my work for 20 years. My inspiration comes from the materials themselves- the…

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  • Female
  • Born on July 30
  • Joined September 21, 2011

Favorite materials

anything upcycled or used such as beads, wire, bottle caps, pull tabs, fabric, paper, zippers, plastic, wood, metal, etc

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Expertly Crafted Recycled Jewelry

About

I love creating jewelry from upcycled (recycled) materials, a.k.a. junk. I especially like mixing materials that don't 'go' together, like metal and plastics, or stones and paper. I think using junk is in my genes. My parents grew up during the Depression and they saved everything- old shoelaces, metal gizmos, plastic lids, worn out shoes. It’s no accident I’ve used each of those materials in my work! In addition to thrift, they also passed on an ‘I can do it’ attitude and the idea that you can substitute one thing for another and make it work. Although most people think I'm serious minded, I love making people smile when they see I’m wearing my trash. It’s unexpected and fun. I take my workmanship seriously, though, and strive to make things that will last for years.

I’ve been using recycled materials in my work for 20 years. My inspiration comes from the materials themselves- the color, shape, texture, etc. I have been a member of the Bead Society of Greater Chicago for many years, and have won 2 awards in their annual bead challenge. In 2006 my cat themed rabies tag charm bracelet won the award for “most original design”. My pull tab earrings were featured in the August 2010 issue of Green Craft Magazine.

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