Recycled computer parts turned into wearable art

Beautiful jewelry typically catches the eye with sparkling crystals and shiny gemstones. But what about computer parts?

From colorful wires to the letters on the keyboard, a Union, Michigan woman has figured out a way to recycle old computers and turn them into wearable works of art.

Lois Anderson is a jewelry designer who admits she's a bit of a geek. “My PhD is in technology management…I'm able to take that interest and that information and transfer that into something that's fun and something that I think is very pretty,” she says.

As a former university administrator, Anderson began making jewelry when health problems left her unable to work. Her hobby became a business that she does at her own pace.

Anderson says, “We all have something special to contribute. We all have something that we can do that is special. My special ability I think is being able to look at something mundane and see beauty.”

She knows a computer inside and out and while for some it may be high tech junk, for her it's art.

Capacitors and resisters make beautiful earrings, letters from the keyboard spell out something fun, and even the tower and front board are put to use. Creating something unusual from something unwanted makes this business unique. She also makes custom jewelry and rosaries.

“I try not to see what is, but what could be,” says Anderson.

Click here for a link to see Anderson’s rosaries, jewelry, and geek wear.


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