Tart: (verb) Dress or make oneself up in order to look attractive.
To tart something up: To improve the appearance of something, typically in a way regarded as flashy or superficial.
If you absolutely adore artisan beads and charms like we do, then you will absolutely flip when you see our new Tart Charms, a fabulous line of upcycled treasures from the Trinket Foundry! Available in a variety of whimsical shapes, these eco-friendly beauties are bursting with bright colors and playful patterns! We were incredibly lucky to have the very talented founder of the Trinket Foundry, Cathy Collison, answer a few questions for us about her amazing artisan pieces. Here is what she shared with us:
How did you start making upcycled pieces?
I started making these pieces by accident. I wanted to try various silversmithing techniques and also mock up ideas for jewelry pieces. I used readily available and free or close to free materials to experiment and try out my ideas. I then realized these materials made great pieces and I didn’t need to make them in more precious materials such as sterling silver.
What inspires the Trinket Foundry line?
There is so much raw material out there just begging to be transformed! The challenges for me are what to make and how can I make it.
Tell me a little about how your upcycled pieces are created.
The “tart charms”, as we call them, are water-jet cut from filing cabinets or vintage silver plated trays. I paint the filing cabinet tarts in fun colors and patterns, and tumble the silver plated tarts to get them smooth and shiny and to show off the pretty patterns from the tray.
What is your favorite design that you’ve made so far?
I think it’s the bird. They look so fun in just about any piece of jewelry.
Are there any new designs you are working on?
More flower shapes. I love stacking them in pieces and I want more variety. Also, a bird with a center hole to use as a button or a clasp. I am always curious what other shapes people would like to have and am open to suggestions.
Thank you for sharing your story with us, Cathy!
Happy Beading! –Gabby