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Diamond or Plastic? Credit Card Jewelry

Friday 04.26.2013 , Posted by

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It’s hard to imagine what life was like before credit cards, when people actually had to have the cash to make purchases. Now with so many people trying to keep up with the Kardashians, credit card debt is as common as obesity. Artist/ Metalsmith Kristal Romano is fascinated with cultural beliefs about value and materials, so she has re-purposed credit cards into jewelry in a series she calls Commodities. [Read more...]

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Re-membering Barbie: Fine Jewelry Made from the Icon

Friday 05.18.2012 , Posted by

To some, dismembered Barbie is creepy, to others, plastic body parts are the perfect medium for jewelry. Barbie is the icon of little girls everywhere and a representation of childhood to women who enjoyed Barbie’s company when they were small. One woman, Margaux Lange, uses the nostalgia of Barbie as inspiration for her jewelry line, Plastic Body Series. She repurposes salvaged body parts and combines them with silver and colored resins to make unique Barbie (and Ken) body jewelry. Though there is a slightly creepy vibe to the jewelry if you think about it too hard, it is still beautiful and creative in its own way. It takes a second look to realize that the jewelry is actually made from Barbie, and Lange finds interesting ways to use pretty much every last inch of the doll and her six-pack clad boyfriend. “The collection is a result of a life-long fascination with the icon, and a desire to re-purpose mass produced materials into handmade, wearable art jewelry,” Lange said on her Etsy profile. [Read more...]

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Prime Crime Real Estate For Sale!

Monday 01.23.2012 , Posted by

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If you are into real estate and looking for a real fixer upper, check out these abandoned estates once belonging to some of Mexico’s most nasty criminals. The movies aren’t the only way we can see how infamous crime men truly reside. Over the past 6 years Mexico has seized over 114 million items belonging to incarcerated drug lords. Wanting no paper trail to their names of course, most dealers will walk into high end shops for jewelry, furniture, art, cars, exotic animals, etc., and order one of everything. Limited time and the risk of getting caught makes most of these estates look as if they were turned into a storage unit to hold anything gold, sparkling and symbolizing power. Many of the drug lords lived in extremely terrible conditions despite the luxurious first impression: the inside of some estates have been full of broken needles, trash, prostitutes and a family trying to live the life their loved one has chosen for them. [Read more...]

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