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Jewelry Designer uses auto detailing tools to make eco-friendly collection

on Thursday,November 12,2009 21:11

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Jewelry designers rarely play it safe, and that''s certainly the case for upcoming designer Tamra Gentry whose new collection boasts an odd array of twisted shapes, swirled colors and an unusual material that is sure to catch the eye.

The collection utilizes Fordite, a material recycled from accumulated layers of vibrant enamel overspray typically associated with 1970''s automotive painting processes. The material is extremely rare because mechanized painting procedures'' increasing efficiency produce very little overspray any more.

A distinguishing factor in the collection is Gentry''s utilization of a diverse array of fabrication techniques, making each piece unique unto itself. Each piece is handmade and incorporates not only Fordite, but an assortment of precious metals and gemstones in an effort to instill a feeling of elegance without being ostentatious.

The versatile collection features brooches, bracelets and beaded necklaces that are beautiful enough to dress up, yet subtle enough for more casual affairs.

An alumnus of the Art Institute of Chicago, Gentry credits a 2003 car accident with giving her the clarity to pursue a career in jewelry design.

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