Plastic + Metal

Plastic + Metal will be highlighted on Crafthaus from March 13 - April 13. This online exhibition shows different perspectives on how Crafthaus members are applying plastic and metal to craft objects.

Curated By: Brice Garrett


Location: Crathaus
Members: 138
Latest Activity: Jan 10

Plastic + Metal


Bubblegum POP Neckpiece

Yes Neckpiece


Smiley Necklace 



Bubblegum POP Neckpiece

Sterling silver, plastic Barbie doll parts and pigmented resins. 2009

4 1/4” x 4 1/2” x 1/2”

Bubblegum POP Neckpiece is a nod to pop culture in all itʼs polished, plastic glory. Itʼs made of pigmented hot pink and black resin with multiple ubiquitous Barbie doll smiles in profile, all encased in hand-fabricated sterling silver.


Yes Neckpiece

Sterling silver, 14k gold, plastic Barbie doll parts, resin, raw diamond, human hair. 2009. 3” x 2 1/2” x 3/4”

Yes Neckpiece is a personal self-portrait piece created to commemorate my engagement to my husband, with Barbie and Ken, standing in as the starring characters of course.


Smiley Necklace 

Sterling silver, plastic Barbie doll parts and resin. 2008. 6" x 4" x 3/4”

Smiley Neckpiece was initially inspired by the idea of celebrating diversity. Itʼs a piece meant to evoke happiness and togetherness, laughter and playfulness. Multiple Barbie doll faces are encased in hand-fabricated sterling silver settings.


Margaux Lange








Puss N’ Snips Drinks Sardine Soda

 Sterling silver, epoxy-resin, craft glitter, steel springs, patina, plastic tubing

3” x 1.5” x 1.5” 


Puss N’ Snips is a cat-lobster mutant who is only able to indulge in Sardine Soda due to his crooked neck.  He questions our society’s definitions of beauty, normalcy and material wealth.  


Rachel Timmins









Orbit Red Identity Bead Necklace

Recycled tin from post-consumer steel cans, plexiglas, 10k gold rivets, magnets. 27cm diameter.

This bead necklace symbolizes our personal search for identity in our material culture.  Brand name materials from post-consumer tin containers influence our unconscious consumption of advertising, marketing, and possession as identification.


Harriete Estel Berman










The Plunge  (40 Loads Series)


Thumb Thumb Ring (for Douglas Adams)




Sterling silver, brass, epoxy resin, pigment, patina, ribbon, photograph of Arlington National Cemetery. 14.6 x 5.4 x 1 cm.

 This piece was made in 2007-2008 and was my reaction to Don't Ask, Don't Tell (began 1993).   I admit that the initial thought to finished work took along time, and I was worried that DADT might be dead by the time the piece was finished.  Silly me.


The Plunge  (40 Loads Series)

Sterling silver, plastic laundry detergent cap, Plexiglas, epoxy resin, Prismacolor, found objects, patina. 7.4 x 7.4 x 10.9 cm

This piece is about taking the plunge.  Risking all and just diving in, without even checking the temperature of the water with your little toe. 


Thumb Thumb Ring (for Douglas Adams)

Sterling silver, resin, prismacolor pencils. 6.4 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm 

Sometimes I have an urge to make a piece of jewelry for a specific person.  It's so strong a compulsion that I must finish the work before I am “permitted” to move on to something else.  This is one of those works.


Stevie B.







Clypeasteroida Motif Neckpiece 


Sabellida Motif Collar

Purple Ring 


Sabellida Motif Collar

Crocheted and powder coated found wire. 2010. 7”x11”x5”

I use crochet as a method for working with metal. The form of this piece was inspired by the bright red tube worms that live in the deepest part of the oceans.


Clypeasteroida Motif Neckpiece

Crocheted found wire, powder coating. 2010. 18.5”x13.5”X1.5”

I use crochet as a method working with metal.  These forms are based off of organisms found in the scientific group that includes sea urchins and sand dollars.


Purple Ring

Crocheted found wire, powder coating, cubic zirconia. 2010. 4"x3.5"x3.5" 

I use crochet as a way to work with metal.  This is one of my first pieces where I am combining just crocheted wire with the bright plastic coloring of powdercoating



Katie Schutte







I’m Gonna Get ‘Cha (Ring)

The Cowboy’s Junk (Brooch)


Hooty Hooo (Necklace)



I’m Gonna Get ‘Cha (Ring) 


Sterling Silver, PVC Plastic, Paint, Dye. 2009.  2 7/8"x 1 1/8”x 2 ½”

This is a two finger ring.


The Cowboy’s Junk (Brooch)

Copper, Sterling Silver, Tin, Steel, PVC Plastic, Pearls, Ink. 2009.

4 7/16” x 3” x 9/16”

This is a brooch, when worn the lags move and swish back and forth.


Hooty Hooo (Necklace)

Fine Silver, Sterling Silver, PVC Plastic, Copper, Enamel. 2010. 9” x ¼” x 8”

Enamel neckpiece based on a vintage gas station advertisement.


Kelly Robinson







Time of My Life

Faux BoneTM, plexiglass, copper, brass screws, steel, millefiori,

watch parts, oil, acrylic paint, alcohol ink. 2.5” X 2.5” X  0.5”

This is the first piece in a series of work designed to explore using oil as a way to create movement within my work. The oil-filled center globe allows the watch parts to move effortlessly through the lense, making the piece look different everytime it is worn.


Melissa Cable







Elastic Ring 5 (Ring a Day 19/365)


Roaming Antelope



Elastic Ring 5 (Ring a Day 19/365)

Recycled sterling silver, repurposed rubber bands from around morning newspaper

3.8 x 4.2 x 2.2 cm

Made of red elastics bands from around my morning newspapers, collected over the course of weeks.   Used by the unknown delivery person for only a short time the everyday object became a rare object once they switched back to the ‘regular’ ones.


Roaming Antelope

Oxidized sterling silver, found plastic animal, Astroturf, resin. 4.9 x 3.8 x 1.6 cm

A thoughtful little antelope, nibbling grass and roaming in a circle around the band.   A ring that calls to mind the story of the Little Prince on his tiny little planet.


Colleen Baran










Pin, 800 gold, copper and plastic. 2009


Ana Albuquerque






Cyan Square brooch


Cyan Chain


Cyan Pearls brooch



Cyan Square brooch

copper, nickel silver, tinted plastic, plexi glass cyamotype on silk. 2010

3.5"w x 3.5"h x .5"d


Cyan Chain

nickel silver, silver, plastic, paper, cyanotype on silk, pearls. 2010.

3.5"w x 1.8"h x 2"d


Cyan Pearls brooch

copper,  nickel silver, wood, tinted plastic, plexi glass, cyanotype on silk. 2010

3.75"w x 3.75"h x .5"d

Objects, chosen for their emotional resonance, are transformed into  cyanotype images on silk. The images are combined with mixed media, including a layer of pink plastic that unifies the structural strata.


Thea Clark




Thank you for visiting Plastic + Metal



About the Curator:

Brice Garrett is a Jewellery + Corpus MA candidate at Konstfack University of Art, Crafts and Design in Stockholm Sweden. He received his BA in Jewelry + Metalsmithing from San Diego State University. Brice has exhibited internationally and has been a Finalist in the Student NICHE Awards.

Discussion Forum

Why Plastic For You?

Started by Brice Garrett. Last reply by Kelly (Robinson) Miller Apr 15, 2011. 7 Replies

Why plastic for you?To keep this exhibition going for both participants and viewers, I'm curious to hear the different reasons why you are interested in the use of plastic? And what you like about…Continue

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Comment by Su Trindle ( Quercus Silver) on April 12, 2011 at 3:03pm
I love the warmth of resin and its tactile smoothness- I play with my jewellery a lot
Comment by jacqueline harold on March 29, 2011 at 4:00am
Poppy Pins - I love the transparency and the colours that the acrylic adds to the Poppy Pins
Comment by jacqueline harold on March 28, 2011 at 5:35pm
Comment by The Justified Sinner on March 26, 2011 at 4:25pm

I do agree! Last summer, I went to the Bakelite Museum in Somerset in the UK. It is fantastic: we spent four hours there and could have happily spent longer. There are some photographs on my Flickr pages which start here:

 Bakelite Museum


Comment by Elizabeth k. Payne on March 26, 2011 at 3:59pm
In my work, I frequently use early plastics (celluloid, Bakelite) for many reasons...light weight, vintage appeal, etc...But, I agree with Miriam.  There is an intrinsic humor with plastics. It is incredibly versatile and beautiful, yet never takes itself too seriously.
Comment by Katie Schutte on March 15, 2011 at 1:05pm
Thanks so much for the opportunity, Brice! It's a really great show theme!
Comment by Miriam Rowe on March 15, 2011 at 12:18pm
This is a wonderful collection: I love how so many of the pieces have a sense of humour built into them, which is something that traditionally "serious" metal jewellery doesn't usually have.
Comment by Ann Davis on March 15, 2011 at 10:55am

This was a great show. Thanks for curating it Brice!!! I thoroughly enjoyed looking through it and found so many of the pieces totally delightful, in their playfulness!!! A real treat!!!!!


Comment by Thea Clark on March 13, 2011 at 6:40pm

Hi Brice,

I'm happy to be included in this diverse group. I see a lot of color, humor, and ideas. Thank you for putting this together, well done.


Comment by Marilyn Davenport on March 13, 2011 at 4:00pm

My handcrafted jewelry is mostly Precious Metal Clay and polymer clay.


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