computer mouse spindle copper wire gunmetal chain geekery earrings
My husband has never met a broken object or piece of equipment that he did not want to keep forever and ever, till death do them part. I've had to sneak a broken lawn chair (which fell apart ten years ago) into the trash late at night -- and then he had a raging hissy fit because he "was going to fix it." Uh-huh.
You can imagine my mortal danger when I decided that his collection of non-functioning computer mice (which no one was going to fix, ever) had to go. They were littering -- um, decorating -- our house, and this is not my idea of acceptable house decor. (And notice the play on words: mice ... littering. OK, this is Geek Central and it seemed funny to me.)
One day when he was out running errands, I stole all seven of his mice. With my handy screw driver set, I promptly dismantled them -- because if I had thrown them in the trash, he would've fetched them out.
By the time he got home, I had already made several pairs of earrings which I proudly showed to him. He agreed on their awesomeness, until he realized what they were.
SOL, baby. If only I could make something creative out of that broken vacuum cleaner.
Back 450 years ago, before the invention of optical, laser or wireless mice -- computers had a plug-in cord mouse which scrolled via little plastic wheels attached to a spindle. These earrings are made from those spindles.
I wire-wrapped the wheel with electricians' copper magnet wire, and epoxied a hand-made African copper tube to the spindle. The repurposed mouse wheel dangles from a gunmetal chain.
From the top of the hypoallergenic surgical steel ear wires, these upcycled geeky earrings are 3-1/4" (8cm) long. They can be changed to clip or screw back findings for non-pierced ears.
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If for any reason you don't like it, send it back in original condition with adequate padding. Full refund will be issued for the item, but not postage. Certain custom-made items may not be refundable -- please ask in advance if that's an issue. Returns must be made within 7 days of receipt.
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If you don't pay for your item within one week, the sale will be canceled and the item re-listed.
Most items are shipped in bubble-wrap envelopes using clean recycled bubble wrap or packaging paper. If the purchase is for a gift, just ask and I'll include a small gift box or an organza bag or a tiny Tiffany-style turquoise shopping bag.
The earrings are even prettier in person than on the web. I've gotten lots of compliments about them.