Joy Sparks Designs
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About

 
 

It all started as a hobby in 2002.  

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As a former high school teacher, I found myself drawn to the history behind old typewriters.  There is something about the way they look, the way they sound, the way they create.  Every typewriter tells a story, literally, and I can't help imagining the stories told by each piece I find.  Turning them into jewelry was the logical combination of two of my biggest passions.

For over 15 years now, I have been searching for typewriters anywhere and everywhere, turning transforming them from artifacts to art.

I taught myself the unique process of removing the keys, grinding the backs, and making them into one of a kind pieces of jewelry.

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I love that I get to give people something very personal and special.

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Sitting in my work space, arranging the keys, and creating jewelry is more like therapy than anything else. I love the inspiration that comes from my customers.

Whether they learned to type on an old Underwood, their grandpa was a newspaper editor who pecked away at his portable Royal, or they taught keyboarding on an electric.

Whether it's the widow of newspaper reporter purchasing a bracelet made from keys like her husband typed on for years, or using the keys of grandma's typewriter to create necklaces for each of her granddaughters. My re-creations appeal to so many people.

I want to make a difference.

I'm also passionate about using jewelry-making as a "social impact business."  The profits I earn allow me to spend many hours in Michigan prisons teaching classes, hosting special events, and speaking to people that are incarcerated; giving them hope as they write the next chapter of their future

 
 
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