This week we are featuring Karen of GemStoneBikeJewelry! Karen re-purposes bike chains into fun and funky jewelry. Check out her story!
“I started out making jewelry for myself. Mostly because I couldn’t find any jewelry that I liked or I would see an earring and wanted it in a different color. So I would design and make that earring for myself the way I liked it.
When I was dating a mountain bike downhill racer (now my husband) I started making jewelry out of his race winning bicycle chain after he broke his chain. (recycling it) People liked them so I made some for them too. Then I thought that chain would look cool with a gemstone on it. Then I started making bicycle chain jewelry with gemstones which sold out at the bike shows.I learned from my grandmother to recreate something from items that are wasted. She would make Christmas ornaments out of things people throw away and they would sparkle just like store bought Christmas ornaments. I still have a few and enjoy them every Christmas on my own tree.
I have just started making BMX chain jewelry, the bike shops always cut off a bit of chain when they are fitting the chain to the bike for the customer and throw that small part of chain they cut off away. So it’s new chain, I am (upcycling) the chain and making jewelry from it. BMX chain comes in many beautiful colors too. The BMX chain links are upcycled new never used and have original paint on only one side of each chain link 🙂
Because I love natural gemstones soooo much. I always try and find (not dyed) natural gems for my pieces. I have just started making gemstone jewelry with Swarovski crystals and sterling silver. Silver is so much easier to work with I love it. I am naturally creative and love making new jewelry designs. Thank you for your time. Karen :)”