About BPJ

Posted by admin on June 11, 2011

As I've been updating my website today, it occured to me that I've not shared the story of how Bike Part Jewelry got started.

In early 2009 I received a gorgeous gift - an anklet made from a bike chain. It was around this time that I had started mountain biking, so I was learning about my bike, how to take care of it and how to use the tools in my pack. The anklet was a tad too big, so I decided to learn how to use my chain tool to take a link out and make it smaller. I took that link out, ran up the street to my local bead store and put the link on a bracelet.

That was the start of me making jewelry with bicycle parts.

After that, getting used bike parts was easy...at that time, I was taking lots of photos for TORC, Triangle Off-Road Cyclists and got to meet a bunch of people in the biking community. I went around to the bike shops in my area and got a ton of used parts. I was also introduced to bike parts I didn't even know I could use; things like spoke nipples, caged bearings, brake washers...really anything I could find. Some of those things I had to order new as used ones were either too scratched to use or I couldn't find them in large enough quantities. To this day, the majority of my bicycle parts are recycled from used items headed to the landfill. I like knowing that I am doing some small part to help the recycling effort.

My jewelry has progressed from the beaded work I did at the beginning to techniques I find to be much more my style, that being chain maille. I love the intricacies of all the different patterns I can learn, and the way those patterns fit with bike parts.

Recently I decided to start making chain maille clothing such as skirts, halters, belts and bras. I've made a halter, which is awesome. :) I have started a very intricate and time consuming skirt, which will be beautiful once it's finished. Most items will have my signature bike parts worked into them.

I continue to love what I do and do what I love. 

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