The pieces in this series are actual antique skeleton keys, wrapped with salvaged and reworked industrial copper electrical wire and accented with hanging stainless steel chains. The wire wrapping accentuates the shape and design of the key, while the hanging chains create movement, catching the light and creating a counterpoint to the visual weight of the centerpiece. 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.
Components: Antique skeleton key, salvaged copper electrical wire, stainless steel chain, copper beads.
Centerpiece: 3.5" tall by 1" wide
Chain length: 18"
*These pieces are made with actual vintage objects, not replicas or reproductions*