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Jewelry made from vintage cars?! A look at our process and the cars we use.
  (Pyper on the hunt in the junkyard)

Since 2007 we (Jarrod and Pyper, the team behind Joyride Jewelry) have been scouring the forgotten junkyards that dot our country’s landscapes and back roads to find materials to create our jewelry. We love junkyard day. We love the thrill of meandering thru the rows of old cars sitting forlornly just waiting to be discovered again. It’s exciting to get lost in the nostalgia and the possibilities that await us. When we are in the junkyard, we are on the hunt for old cars that have great color and unique patinas to make our jewelry with. For us it's not about finding a great car, we're not specifically looking for a Mustang or a 57 Chevy to cut up, we're looking for those quintessential vintage car colors that once filled the roads of America.

Whether we take a hood, fender or door from the junkyard, once we're back in the studio we get to work cutting, cleaning, sanding, filing and forming. We never add any paint to the parts we use as it is important to us to keep the integrity of the original car paint intact. We love that each scratch and layer of paint has a story to tell. There is so much history embedded into each piece and we want that to shine.

 (Pyper & Jarrod in the junkyard collecting materials)

Working with these vintage cars can be finicky, we never know if the piece we took will work out until we get the part back to our studio and start cutting. Often the paint will chip right off or there will be so much rust that most of the piece is unusable. Many of the parts we use are painted on both sides and we prefer to use these pieces as the paint will help to inhibit rust.

 (Jarrod cutting up one of our junkyard finds - a 71 International pickup)

When in the junkyard we always make sure we keep track of the parts and pieces we salvage. It is important to us to record the history of these old cars so that they may live on. We have worked with many different car parts since we started making jewelry from vintage cars in 2007. One of the things we love most about what we do is that we are able to give these old cars new life. It's an honor to be able to evoke memories, create new stories and connect with others through the use of this material.

At the time of this article these are the cars we're working with and their prospective colors. See our most current list here.

 Red -  62 Ford Falcon

            69 Mercury Monterey

            69 Ford Maverick

 

Orange -  62 Rambler

                57 Dodge pickup

 

Yellow -  42 GMC pickup

                71 International Pickup

 

Turquoise/ Blue -  65 Ford Econoline Supervan

                              64 Ford Fairlane

                              59 International pickup

                              56 Buick Special

 

Turquoise/ Green - 75 Dodge Forest Service truck

                                67 Chevy pickup

 

Chartreuse/Meadow Green - 72 Plymouth Roadrunner 

 

Lime/Kelly Green - 78 Ford Bronco

 

Olive green - 65 Ford Mustang

 

Baby Blue -  72 Chevy pickup

                     55 Oldsmobile

 

Dark blue - 68 Plymouth Fury convertible

                   63 Pontiac Tempest

                   62 Mercury Meteor

 

Primary/royal blue - 71 Mazda pickup

                                  75 Ford pickup

 

Dark purple - 73 GMC pickup

                      63 Mercury Comet

 

Pink - 57 Chrysler New Yorker

 

White - 64 Ford Fairlane

 

Off white - 63 Mercury Comet

 

Brown -  69 Oldsmobile

 

Black - 73 Ford LTD

 

Silver - 64 Chevy Nova 

 

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