Life dishes out lemons from time to time. But Colorado based Christine Marie Davis turned hers into "jewels"!  This inspiring artisan has an Etsy store called Christine's Cabinet  which specializes in handmade eco jewelry. She works with salvaged metal and unusual found objects.

Cinderella Gypsy Necklace

Her distinctive line of smashed button jewelry came about on a day of particular frustration. She was so angry and disappointed that no one on Etsy wanted to buy her collection of vintage metal buttons. So she took her hammer to them - every single last one. Not only did she feel much better, the flattened metal buttons became so much more interesting. Christine then layered and riveted the buttons into unique charms and a new collection was born!

Christine's original smashed button charm necklace
Her smashed button jewelry collection requires lots of buttons. She eventually had to purchase 10,000 buttons from one presumably deliriously happy button seller!

Christine says she has been collecting "stuff" and scrounging since she was a teenager. The creation of her smashed button jewelry line was serendipitous but her ability to see the potential in all sorts of unwanted material is remarkable. Just check out her store and see for yourself!

Queen of the Bohemian Gypsies Large Smashed Button Pendant
She describes her wonderfully eclectic style of jewelry making very well -"Gypsy style with a steampunk edge, primitive objects paired with Victorian charms, bohemian with a little tribal dance thrown in."  

Eco jewelry at its best.

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