Mentally, I somewhat divide my work into the Neo-Victorian pieces and my more eclectic pieces. These are more on the eclectic side.
I am in love with old typography: old books, advertising, letters, and rulers. I have collected a number of vintage carpenter's folding rulers. I like the quirkiness of using them in jewelry. It's the unexpected contrast that appeals to me.
I slice the rulers on my bandsaw (I just love power tools). Then I sand all the edges smooth and wax them with beeswax to protect them and enhance the beauty of the wood.
Here's a pair with one of my domed disks with the lady figure.
The brass pieces on this pair I salvaged from a worn out belt. I love the worn look of the ruler.
Here's a contemporary version of pearl earrings. Great for someone like me who would normally never wear pearl earrings.
And one more with champagne pearls. I wear a pair of these a lot and get lots of comments.
Ah, tassels again. I do love tassels.
These are all made of recycled components.
Did you know that some artificial pearls are made of glass which is covered with a concoction containing fish scales (for their luster) called essence d'Orient?.