I'm a jewelry maker, but I'm also a jewelry deconstructor.
(That's not a word, but I'm sticking with it.)
See, I'll make a piece.
I'll list the piece.
I'll show the piece.
If it doesn't sell within 2 years, I'll consider breaking the piece down
and reusing the materials in new jewelry.
See that cone shaped thing above?
That was a ring from a body of work made over 10 years ago.
I needed some 18k gold wire.
I priced that needed 18k gold wire in today's market
nearly fell on the floor.
Gold is expensive.....darn tooting expensive.
Enter the cone ring.
I snipped off the shank and milled it down to 18 gauge wire.
I have a drawer of dedicated, retired jewelry.
Some are failures,
some are old works,
some are unsellable.
All will become something new and wonderful, eventually.