Peggy Boyd Petrey (Chattanooga TN)

Recycled License Plate Jewelry

From my earliest memories, I was searching to create…eagerly crafting a gift for someone I loved. Planting a garden, climbing onto my father’s workbench to use a tool, combining unsuspecting ingredients in my mother’s kitchen, or rummaging through a trash pile to see if there was any “good stuff” that could be used to make better stuff.  Through all of these actions — from the first spark of possibility to the last moment when the new creation  left my hands — my imagination was able to play and create.

These days I create jewelry from discarded license plates. Each plate retains its unique characteristics — I find the unexpected layers in the license plates totally fascinating.  An added bonus to this jewelry: so light!