As a metalworker, you end up with a lot of scraps left over. I try to use as much of my scrap as I can, but I do have a pile up of little corners and edges that are adding up. Sometimes I’m inspired by my scraps, like the pendant I made from the cut out bowl section of Ebb & Flow. Other times there’s a piece of scrap that is just perfect for a new piece I’m working on. Then there are the times the left overs just come in handy like when the couple who bought my Brass Bib necklace wanted a pair of earring to go with it. I had the original scraps of folded brass left over so the metal matched perfectly.
Saving and reusing scraps is a practice that many jewelers and metalsmiths employ to save money (and sometimes the earth.) Looking back through past SBC participants’ work, I rediscovered Maureen Brusa Zappellini‘s bowl made from bench scraps.
Then there is the amazing work of Richard Salley who is always showcasing pieces he’s made from scrap on Facebook.