Jewelry can be made from just about anything. I love a good story of recycling a material that would normally just be discarded and turning it into something lovely. Matt Cole recycles bowling balls into unique and wearable jewelry.
Originally from Detroit, I have lived in Bali, Indonesia for the past 10 years, and I have made jewelry here for as long.I am a 10-pin bowler too. I've always thought that bowling balls are pretty. Even the black ones. Why not turn them into jewelry? Encouraged by my friends, I am now saving balls from being buried in landfills. I've designed a line of jewelry using these recycled bowling balls, and it's something I feel quite passionate about! They're not so heavy after you slice them up. They look quite stunning in fact!
To my knowledge there are no other designers out there offering a complete line of jewelry made from bowling balls, and so I am doing my best to take this idea to a new level. I feel compelled and passionate about this! During the year 2010 I will be introducing several new designs of earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces, and pendants all made from discarded bowling balls and either silver, copper, bronze or brass.