The pieces in this series are actual antique skeleton keys, paired with rings of copper wire and accented with hanging stainless steel chains. The rings are hand-wrought from re-purposed industrial braided copper electrical wire. They are individually formed, soldered, hammered and then re-heated to create a patina. The chains are carefully cut to length and attached to hang and move freely. The keys and wire are polished in some places, but intentionally left rough and tarnished in others to create contrast.
The use of industrial metals and alternative components is my way of challenging the concept of fine jewelry and what are considered proper materials.
The design, materials and processes used are intended to create a contemporary finished piece that has a sense of mystery and antiquity. I invite you to let your imagination run free and create your own story with these unique pieces.
Centerpiece: approx. 3” tall by 1” wide.
Chain: approx. 18”
*These pieces are made with actual vintage objects, not replicas or reproductions*