The first vintage candy tin that ever caught my eye was in my grandmother's house when I was a child. I've always been a collector and a thrifter, going to garage sales and estate sales most of my life. When I started my career as a sterling silver jewelry artist, I kept an assortment of vintage tins on the back of my workbench holding various parts. Then one day I finally got up the nerve to cut up one of my beauties and made jewelry out of it. After that, I was hooked. I loved the bright colors and vintage artwork. I started selling the tin jewelry, and in my spare time started making tin wall collages. The jewelry always got first priority, as a way of bringing in money, but I've reached a point where I want to concentrate on the wall collages. I work out of my home studio on the beautiful island of Maui.
Most of the vintage tins that I use in my jewelry were made between 1950 and 1980. The majority of them come from either England or Holland. When new, they contained items such as biscuits, candy, or tea. I find my tins by going to yard sales, estate sales, second hand stores and antique shops.
Because I am working with upcycled tin, there might occasionally be small scratches or tiny rust spots, but this only adds to the vintage feel and beauty of the piece.