Meet the Maker
When she realized she was making more jewelry than she could possibly wear or gift, she started Beadwork by Amanda when she was 14, and began selling her work at craft shows and on Etsy.
Each piece is made from recycled circuit board. Computers, cell phones, calculators, CRT monitors, and office telephones have all been recycled into jewelry by Amanda.
The circuit boards are sourced from a number of places. Most notably is at art shows and festivals, where she trades circuit boards for finished jewelry. Each board is extracted from its housing and stripped of all extraneous, tall components. Then the pieces are individually cut from the board, often using just a dremel tool and tin snips, then ground to the proper shape.
Everything is thoroughly cleaned and outfitted in vintage, vintage-inspired, or recycled silver settings. Some pieces are made with one of a kind settings that Amanda hand solders together. Every piece is finished with domed epoxy resin. The resin acts as a lens and magnifies the circuit board underneath, creating a beautiful way to view the circuit board.
Circuit Breaker Labs creates a range of pieces for men and women, including necklaces, bracelets, earrings, cufflinks, tie bars, and a whole host of other neat products. Everything is handmade in her Washington, D.C. studio.