New from my workbench…

“New from the workbench” actually means “new since November 2013.” These jewelry pieces date from before my TKR (total knee replacement in mid-January) and very recently… the last 10 days!  Yes, that’s why you haven’t heard much from me lately. I’ve been spending a great deal of time just icing my knee and bending it. Oh, joy!

I hope you’ll enjoy seeing these sets of earrings and necklaces—I am continuing my explorations of working with recycled “tins,” “dimpling” the metals, and riveting things together. (Some of these metals are from “tins”—you know, like the ones you receive at holidays with candy, fruit and nuts—but who knows what their metal content really is these days. I assume it’s aluminum with other things added.)


Dimpled “tin” with flywheel and sterling silver rivets.


Earrings with “tin,” wooden beads, sterling silver bead and wire.


Necklace of repurposed vintage buttons, tin, brass eyelets, leather cord, and magnetic closure.


Earrings, distressed and dimpled “tin,” copper stampings, aluminum rivets.


Necklace with copper, dimpled “tin,” leather cord, sterling silver.


Earrings with dimpled “tin,” pewter gears, wooden beads, brass eyelets, stainless steel earwires.


             Necklace with brass, dimpled “tin,” pewter gear, aluminum and copper rivets, leather cord,                  sterling silver clasp.

And, a variation on the theme from above:


Necklace with brass, dimpled “tin,” copper gear, brass rivet, black leather cord, bronze clasp.

And, finally… here’s a necklace that’s reversible!



Red side!


Black side!

What a pleasure it has been to be back at my bench. Many of the pieces above have their basic inspiration from a set of paper jewelry maquettes I made some time ago. You can see them here and here. Though I haven’t fully realized the complexity of those maquette designs yet, I’m heading in that direction and I hope to do so in the coming months.

Cheers! And thanks for dropping in to see this work.


16 Responses

  1. Wendy Trueblood says:

    wow Anita! Makes me wish I wore more jewelry. Barb and I like every peice. I especially like your clasps, on the leather cord. There are several I might be interested in purchasing. But with all my current medical bills, I can not spend on what Barb called “frivolent” or unnecessary things. Hum!


  2. Merle Sykora says:

    Fun stuff! The act of creating knows no limits or varieties. Some processes just take a lot longer than others and the results are more tangible in less time. This method of working is putzy but the results are wonderful and one sees results a lot quicker than ceramics or wood turning.

    • Anita Mills says:

      Yes, Merle, and just the sort of thing one can do with a leg propped up with ice wraps!! Soon, though, I’ll be back at the wheel and lathe, too. Variety IS the spice of this gal’s studio efforts!
      xo AM

  3. Donna Giles says:

    No matter your physical condition, you are a “maker” and always will be. Clearly your imagination is never dormant, and I’m so glad to hear you’re back at the “making” of your ideas.

  4. Carol McDevitt says:

    Anita, These pieces are so lovely. You continue to blow me out of the water with your resourceful, recycling creativity. Good to hear – and see – that you are back at your workbench.

    • Anita Mills says:

      Carol, thanks for saying so! Many of these techniques I learned from Mary Hettmansperger at Arrowmont last September, then circumstances (and you know WHAT they were!) kept me from getting to practice them. Now, I’m on a roll, though. xo AM

  5. Kathryn says:

    I’ll take that Necklace of repurposed vintage buttons, tin, brass eyelets, leather cord, and magnetic closure. Thank you very much!

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