I get asked how I come up with some of my designs. Sometimes it's a pretty easy answer and sometimes it's a bit more complicated. I see everyday things as having potential all the time. But the inspiration often comes much later and very unexpectedly. For example, this necklace above. The two large aluminum pieces have been in a shoebox on my shelf. They used to be the handle to a box cutter. It broke and I couldn't bring myself to toss it. Fast forward a year or so later. I go into that shoebox for something else and spot them. No sooner than I touched them, inspiration hit. Wham! Just like that I knew what to do with them. As you can see above, I documented the process from start to finish. The necklace only took 20 minutes to assemble. But a year to think about it!
Re-Usin' by Susan is the culmination of many years of exploration and experimentation in jewelry making. People ask me how I got to be so creative. I tell them I ate paste as a child.