Jewelry Making is one of the most popular elective courses at Forman School, and it’s no wonder why. In a creative space, students are carefully guided in their craft by Arts Teacher Sandra Garcia, but also encouraged to employ their imaginations on each project.
Recently, Allison Finkel ’17 decided to do just that. Instead of the usual creation of original designs, she chose to repurpose jewelry pieces that were special to her – a ring and bracelet, both sterling silver – and make them new.
Allison had bought the bracelet from a boutique, but it had unfortunately broken. “The bracelet was so cute that I decided to use parts of it to make earrings,” she says. “As for the necklace, it was my Grandmother’s ring, and then it was passed down to my mother, and then passed down to me,” Finkel explains. “The ring currently does not fit my mother or me, so with my mother's permission, I made it into a necklace.” Although her grandmother recently passed away, Finkel was able to give the necklace to her as a gift beforehand. “She loved it.”
Ms. Garcia says, “Allison has creatively taken manufactured sterling silver jewelry apart and recreated a pendant and earrings.” Explaining the process, she adds: “She cut the metal to create the earrings, and as for the pendant, she cut apart a ring, added a jump ring, and made it into a necklace.”
It is unusual for students to modify recycled jewelry in Garcia’s class, as most opt to construct new pieces. Whatever they choose to do, though, it is all a labor of love.
“I really enjoyed making both of the pieces,” Finkel says.