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Circuit board jewelry: Blue Bird and Blooms Broach

Recycled computer hardware is often melted down to extract its precious metal. But, some artisans give discarded circuit boards and old hard drives a second life as beautiful jewelry and amazing art.

This gallery showcases circuit board jewelry and art from The Blue Kraken. Her necklaces, pendants, earrings and belt buckles are a beautiful blend of recycled computer hardware, precious metals, and semiprecious stones.

For more information on TheBlueKraken's jewelry and other creations, please check out TheBlueKraken.etsy.com.

Photo credit: The Blue Kraken

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18 comments
SchultzyBeckett
SchultzyBeckett

Art can be a painting or sculpture (including assemblage ) that does not depict a person, place or thing in the natural world -- even in an extremely distorted or exaggerated way. Therefore, the subject of the work is based on what you see: color, shapes, brushstrokes, size, scale and, in some cases, the process .

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WebTek2
WebTek2

The designs are unique and I'm sure someone will like it, but I would not be interested in purchasing it as a gift or for anyone I know.

das22
das22

I appreciate the post. these are above average works, and it is a nice change of pace from all-tech. Thanks!

maj37
maj37

Some of them look pretty good, but something in each photo to show the scale would be helpful. I realize of course Bill that they are not your photos so the lack of scale in not your fault.

Roc Riz
Roc Riz

You know the old RAM chips have a hole in them, big enough for a key ring. Pop a key ring into one of your old 30 or 72 pin RAM modules, and you can get about three bucks for it at flea markets. Paint the chips in bright colors and add another two bucks. I've been doing it for years! I may not get back what I paid for the things, but it sure is a good seller.

butkus
butkus

I've seen this stuff at computer shows (remember them) for 10 years or more. Vendors would make clocks, business card holders, nick-nacks out of old computer parts. Necklaces, rings..., nothing new to this oldie ! I see that the Trenton (NJ) Computer Fest is still being held. A few years ago I went there since I asso graduated from that college and remember in 1974 these "nuts" holding outdoor flea markets. I believe it's the oldest computer show in the U.S. ? The "computer" vendors used to be in the hundreds. That last time I went there were some 10 tables or so. NewEgg and Tiger Direct killed off that market.

leo8888
leo8888

It always amazes me what the mind of an artist can come up with. Nice gallery Bill.

AV .
AV .

I've been a tech for over thirty years and sometimes when I took servers or PCs apart, I thought some of it would have made good jewelry. Especially the jumpers and resistors. Great earrings, but probably too much lead and cadmium and who knows what else. AV

hadrins
hadrins

I didn't see anything about the lead though.

paulfx1
paulfx1

I worked assembling PCBs and I ended up with a bunch of unpopulated boards from there but all I ever made out of any of them was a box. Not too artistic, if I do say so myself: http://i.imgur.com/fwz18.jpg I still think it is kind of cool though.

paulfx1
paulfx1

Pads, vias and traces are pretty standard on circuit boards so the scale should be apparent.

Bill Detwiler
Bill Detwiler moderator

Yes, I published a circuit board jewelry gallery and article several years ago, but does that preclude TechRepublic from ever publishing anything on the topic again? As for being an ad, I have no connection to the artist behind The Blue Kraken. I saw her work on Flickr and thought it was different enough from our previous coverage (particularly her mixture of stones with the circuits and the animal shapes) to be considered for a gallery.

paulfx1
paulfx1

Nothing was ever soldered to those PCBs

rmagahiz
rmagahiz

If the circuit board manufacturer is compliant with RoHS standards, there should be restrictions imposed on lead containing solder. If not, I agree then there should be considerable concern.

paulfx1
paulfx1

Why? Are you going to eat it? Do you suffer from some kind of an oral fixation? Do you even know how much lead you'd have to ingest in order for it to pose a health risk to you? Do you even know what the risks are? I've been working with lead for most of my life and I'm still in good shape as far as what lead could have done to me goes. Watching TV or eating fast food are much riskier than lead exposure. Symptoms of lead poisoning include: Headaches Irritability Abdominal pain Vomiting Anemia Weight loss Poor attention span Noticeable learning difficulty Slowed speech development Hyperactivity OK maybe morons do make me a little irratable ... The reason there isn't lead in electronics anymore is because of ground leeching. That is due to shoddy disposal of waste electronics. It is because you're all a bunch of careless assholes! http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/story/2012-03-22/lost-phones/53707448/1