Thursday, May 19, 2011

Crafty Profiles: Clone Hardware


It's no secret I love salvaging computer parts for their shiny bits and intricate circuitry patters. So does Alisa Burton, owner and designer of Clone Hardware. There aren't a great many of us out there, so I'm excited to bring you my next Crafty Profile of her striking creations.

Shop: Clone Hardware
Goods: industrial and steampunk style modern computer part jewellery

Beyond Junk:
How did you get started designing jewellery? What drew you to working with computer parts?

Clone Hardware:

I've never been much into traditional jewelry. It wasn't until I stumbled over a box of broken computer parts that I started making e-waste earrings, necklaces & cuff bracelets. The majority of the jewelry I create is made from salvaged computers and electronics, some is surplus/unused parts. Each set of earrings, necklace, pendant and bracelet is one of a kind. I specialize in kick ass industrial, ultra cool steampunk, super spiffy pretty and simply modern hardware.

Beyond Junk:
Are there any unique challenges in working with computer parts?

Clone Hardware:
There is the obvious challenge of supply - however, I am lucky enough to be associated with a responsible North American E-waste recycler and many of my customers often donate their broken or obsolete tech. Beyond that I spend a lot of time ensuring that the parts I use for the jewelry I make are safe, lead free and non toxic.

Many people are unaware of how outstandingly colorful & uniquely pretty electronic components and circuit boards can be. Getting people past their initial bias about computers is a challenge I face at each event and online as well.

My jewelry isn't solely for geeks or eco-minded people. The average US home has 3 computers. 90% of people in US work with a computer on a daily basis. Doesn't that make us all geeks (at least a little)?


Beyond Junk:
Do you see your work as a recycling project? If so, how?

Clone Hardware:
Absolutely! Much of North America is not responsible with the electronics they dispose of. If there is not a recycler or you city doesn't recycle tech - my hope is to turn all the amazing components, circuit boards and wire into something unique and lasting. Fun jewelry and geeky accessories that are a real conversation starter. About both geek chic style recycling.


Beyond Junk:
Tell us a bit about your plans for Clone Hardware.

Clone Hardware:
I really hope to expand my business in the coming year as well as add more of a unisex or mens-specific line. The amazing community of Geek Girls has been so supportive and I want to include more ways for them to enjoy the jewelry and accessories I make. More than that I want to educate people about the importance of responsible recycling of these electronic components.

Here's a small sampling of Alisa's delightful work:

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