RADICAL JEWELRY MAKEOVER
Rachelle Thiewes
How have you been influenced by the project?

Color has been the focus of my jewelry for the past eight years. In receiving my box of recyclable jewelry I decided to challenge myself by using only gemstones found in the jewelry. I’m not much entranced by gemstones and they haven’t been part of my jewelry since my undergraduate days - so definitely a new mindset. But color and light reflection are part of my current work and the gems I selected play off those interests. In my studio I had a box full of colorful and patterned laminate samples in storage from past house projects. No metal, thus no soldering, no forming, just sawing, filing, simple engineering - pretty basic, for me. This was most definitely a more freeing, quick decision working process - a 180 from how I usually work.
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