The Beginning of Something Grand…

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I like to make pretty things.

That’s why I decided to go to college for art – to learn as much as I possibly could. I decided to take a Jewelry and Metalsmithing class and fell passionately in love with it. My professor, Christina Miller, introduced me to a project that started it all…

Christina is one of the founders of an organization called Ethical Metalsmiths (check out their website : http://www.ethicalmetalsmiths.org/ ) and our class was lucky enough to participate in one of their well known projects, Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM). Created to raise awareness about precious metal mining issues, they collected donations of unwanted jewelry and it was our job to recreate them into new and beautiful pieces that would be “wanted” again. Thus bypassing the mining process and repurposing rather than creating more waste.

Check out the project website for pictures from RJM II and look for a gold necklace made by Heather S. (that’s me!) –> http://www.ethicalmetalsmiths.org/projects/radical-jewelry-makeover/rjm-ii—lancaster-pa/ 

In the four days we were given, I took apart bits and pieces of interesting old jewelry and put them back together to create some really beautiful and entirely one of a kind pieces. Many of which sold at the exhibition. This process absolutely inspired me. After the project was over, I decided to continue using the rules and guidelines of RJM in my own jewelry making and creative processes. I made recycling and repurposing the starting point for most of my projects, which has continued to be important in my life nowadays.

I frequent the local thrift stores and yard sales as often as life allows and always try to keep an open mind when scouring for treasures. Something that may look dirty and dull or even broken can often be transformed into something pretty with a bit of tender love and care.

That, my friends, is what I plan on sharing with you in this blog. I am excited to share projects ideas that repurpose old and unwanted items – jewelry and decor – by giving them a new and pretty life. I will also share with you my love of photography (possibly a photo a day!) and fashion.

Thanks for reading! I can’t wait to inspire you the way that I have been inspired in the past!

xox heather

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