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Machinist's Collar | by jfeathersmith
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Machinist's Collar

Stainless steel wire, various metal objects found on the street and elsewhere, glass beads.


I made this for an entry in a "Trash to Treasure" beading contest run by Happy Mango Beads. I described it thus:


When I aimed my flashlight toward the back of the machine shop, an unexpected blue glint caught my eye. I was not expecting to find this: a collar made from stainless steel wire, woven into a framework for broken watch bands, rusted washers, and other metal objects I could not identify, accented with glass beads. Was this completed by a bored machinist, waiting for a necessary part to arrive? The result of finally emptying the jar labeled “Shiny! or might be useful some day”? Or a symbol of office, abandoned when the shop closed? Perhaps the number of washers hung from the front indicated levels of seniority. I may never know; I visited only days before the wrecking ball arrived.

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Taken on September 14, 2010