There is nothing like finding a fabulous piece of jewelry, and getting something geeky at the same time! Well, here is a shop of lots of pretty and sparkly things that you can wear made from old computer parts. I just love that kind of craftiness. Check it out!
What do you make?
Upcycling computer parts from both new surplus items or retrieved parts from computer and electronic waste, I create unique pieces of jewelry and accessories such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, headbands and keychains. Clone Hardware specializes in kick ass industrial, ultra cool steampunk, super spiffy pretty and simply modern hardware.
Who are you and how did you get started?
After university (several thousand years ago) I decided to pursue a career in graphic & web design. But during the years of slaving / working in that field my creative energy was being slowly stifled.
Then one day I stumbled into the warehouse of a computer recycling business with boxes and shelves filled with beautiful and unique baubles, bits and pieces I had a lightbulb moment. I had never really been interested in conventional jewelry and with all these lovely and interesting things within my grasp I became inspired and empowered to create.
By creating beautiful and unique pieces of wearable art out of what would otherwise end up in landfill, I hope to educate. Our landfills are still being overloaded with these products. It’s up to us to dispose of them properly and try to reverse some of the adverse effects on the environment created by this modern waste.
What makes your items great for geeks?
My aesthetic is modern simple jewelry and accessories made from pieces of computer circuit boards, wires, hard drives, resistors and capacitors. With my personal love for computers, sci-fi, and all things wonderfully geektastic, I hope to show the beauty and artistry of what is inside these amazing technical wonders we sit infront of everyday.
What sorts of geeky stuff are you into?
As I sit here in my star wars shirt and batman underwear …
I have always loved sci-fi. I remeber watching the Doctor Who OS & Star Trek with my parents as a kid. I read copious amounts of post apocolytic sci-fi – Margaret Atwood, George R. Stewart, John Wyndham. Plus zombie books – David Wellington, Brian Keene. Otherwise, i’m a complete sucker for sci-fi tv – star trek, firefly, buffy, BSG. I was just lamenting about the giant void in my sci-fi tv life. sadly, nothing good shows in Canada anymore.
And of course I LOVE ripping apart computers.
Who wouldn’t want a circuit board heart to wear, right? Here is your chance to upgrade from computer geek to classy computer geek. I say do it!