Turning old wires into jewellery and wearable art

Alison’s basketAlison Bailey Smith has posted a couple of messages around the site recently about the things she makes out of old wires – culled from old televisions and the like – and they’re so fab, I thought they needed featuring a bit more prominently than buried in the comments section.

Alison has been repurposing old wires to make “jewellery and other wearable art” since 1988 and has made some truly gorgeous items. One of my favourite things is the blue hat, which is made from television wire and coffee bag wrappers, and I also love the beautifully shaped data cable basket and jewellery, including the bangle below.

I’ve made various bits of jewellery out of old wires (as we’re both geeky and hoarders, we’ve got loads of random dodgy cables lying around) but all my efforts have been a lot chunkier and plainer – Alison’s work has inspired me to keep at it with the hope that one day I’ll be able to make something as pretty and delicate as her items. But she also takes commissions so if you like something but don’t fancy giving it a go yourself, you should get in touch with her :)

alison’s hat and bangle

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One Response to “Turning old wires into jewellery and wearable art”

  1. I find that wearable art can make dramatic fashion statements and I always admire the ingenuity of others who can recycle waste into something meaningful and beautiful.

    Mana Bernandes is very skillful at using PET recycled bottle to create necklaces and bracelets.

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