When I removed hardware I often handed it to my patient and commented, "Maybe you can find someone to make this into jewelry for you. It's really sort of pretty." I never anticipated that I might become that person.
Five years ago, I reconnected with a friend from high school. She was in the middle of a series of foot operations and ultimately had a plate and screws removed from one foot. She brought the hardware to me when she came to visit last fall and asked if I could use it to make jewelry. It took me a while to envision a design plan and even longer to execute it. Finally, a few weeks before I was scheduled to visit Laurie in Atlanta, I had a quiet night with no obligations. After several hours (and many spilled beads) I had produced a necklace and earrings that I was happy with - designs that I thought were attractive and wearable.
If you have orthopaedic hardware sitting in a baggie on your dresser (or know someone who does), I would love the opportunity to transform it into something wearable. We can come full circle together.