Win Creative Bike Part Jewelry
We love jewelry and have special weakness for jewelry with a bike theme or whimsically made with parts from a bike. It was great to talk to Jodey Hathaway, a mountain biker who makes jewelry and home décor items from bike parts, often using “Chainmaille” techniques to make very intricate and unique pieces. Her work is featured here and you can see more at her website Bike Parts Jewelry.
Like it? Love it? You can win one of these beautiful bracelets with the flowers on them—a beautiful memento of summer bicycle rides… At Cycle & Style, we make it very simple to enter a contest: just make a comment here OR anywhere on the website starting today and ending on August 15th. That’s it—you’re automatically entered. (Yes, multiple comments do increase your chances!)
We had a few questions for Jodey, such as: Where does she get those “bike parts”?
“I get most of my chains and used bits from bike stores around my area; it’s nice to be able to do my little part to keep these items from going to the landfill. I do use some new/repurposed parts, as the used ones are either impossible to find or would be too scratched for use in my work. My goal, though, is to use as many recycled parts as I can.”
How did she start?
“I have a friend who made me an anklet from a bike chain. I wore it a few times and decided it was a tad too big for my comfort, so I sat down with my chain tool (I mountain bike, and at that time was just getting into learning about my bike) and decided I was going to figure out how to take a link out. I got the link out and put the anklet back together, but I now had an extra link from my special anklet, and I didn’t want to lose it. I went up to the bead store near my house and decided to make a bracelet out of it. I did it, looked at it and thought “hey…that’s pretty cool. I bet my biking friends would like something like this.” I bought some supplies, asked a few questions, and started making jewelry.”
Did we mention she makes home décor pieces?
“The home décor items came about this past Valentine’s Day when I saw some candles with “jewelry” on them. I thought they were neat looking, so I decided to try my hand at making them. Since then, I’ve branched out into making ceiling fan pulls, bookmarks, and have plans to make some new candle jewelry and ornaments using Chainmaille. Within the past 8 or so months, I’ve really gotten into using Chainmaille techniques to make some very unique and beautiful pieces. I still do beaded work, but I really love the intricacy of and the challenge that weaving Chainmaille and using bike parts offers me.”
Congratulations to our Bike Part Jewelry winners: Leticia Villarrea of Brea, CA. and Nadia Carmona of El Paso. TX!