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Vintage Mah Jongg Tiles Recycled into Jewelry

As the game of Mah Jongg makes a comeback many antique and vintage sets are beginning to surface from attics and basements. Some sets are intact, but some sets are beyond repair. Recycling these old "orphan" tiles into jewelry gives them new life and brings back fond memories for people who grew up playing or watching parents or grandparents play the game.

Albuquerque, NM (PRWEB) December 18, 2005 -- Eclectic Elements is pleased to offer a full line of recycled game piece jewelry featuring Mah Jongg tile bracelets, necklaces and earrings made from vintage, antique and contemporary Mah Jongg tiles.

Sam, owner of Eclectic Elements, collects full sets, restores nearly full Mah Jongg sets and turns vintage "orphan" tiles into chunky, funky bracelets and other retro jewelry. "If the set is full or nearly full I add it to my collection, my infamous "Mah Jongg closet." If the set is only missing a few pieces I can usually find "orphan" tiles to complete the set. If many pieces are missing I use the tiles for jewelry and other collage and assemblage art.

"Mah Jongg is a Chinese game that is very popular in the Jewish community in the United States. It is gaining popularity again. The most basic form of the game is similar to Rummy,but is also a complicated gambling game in which certain "hands"  are valued with certain points. There are many rules to play by and some are related to the country in which the game is played.

The lovely Asian characters are what drew Sam to these game sets. "I am a hunter-gatherer in terms of art supplies. I find interesting items, move them from place to place in my home/studio, look at them occasionally and trip over them for 2 years until finally one day I figure out how to use them."

"The Mah Jongg bracelets started by accident. I saw someone throwing out a half set of Mah Jongg tiles. They were too lovely to wind up in the trash so I offered to give them a good home and left. They sat in a box in my studio for over a year until about 2 years ago. I found them again while hunting for new materials to work with and laid them out on my worktable to contemplate their future. A few days later I decided that they would make fun jewelry."

Mah Jongg tile materials include Bakelite, Catalin, Bone & Bamboo, Bamboo, Marblelite, Celluloid, Acrylic and Lucite. Some of the tiles Sam uses in her designs date back to the 1920s.

Mah Jongg is just one way to spell the name of this game and the game is also referred to by different names: Mahjong, Mahjongg, Mah Jong, Mah-Jong, Mah-Jongg, Ma Jong, Majong, Ma Diao, Ma Cheuk, Mah Cheuck, Baak Ling, Pung Chow, Maajh, Majiang, Game of Four Winds, Sparrow Bones, Game of Thousand Intelligences, Chinese Dominoes

Bracelet made from Vintage Mah Jongg tiles.

Sam's partner, contemporary outsider folk artist Zeke, enjoys watching people relate to the Mah Jongg sets and jewelry. "People are drawn to these game sets and bracelets. They wonder what they are, they tell Sam stories about how their Grandmothers taught them to play the game when they were children, and they smile and laugh. It is a wonderful experience to can be so serious, and Sam loves being able to bring a smile to someone's face or bring back a fond memory."

In addition to Mah Jongg tile bracelets Sam recently added Mah Jongg earrings created from fun plastic and pressed wood novelty Mah Jongg tiles from the 1960s and 1970s and elegant bone beads that are made to look like Mah Jongg tiles. Be sure to check out the new line of rockabilly Guitar Pick earrings and necklaces. This funky, rock and roll guitar pick jewelry is popular with teens and musicians, but are equally appropriate for anyone who enjoys chandelier earrings or jewelry with extra pizzazz and sparkle. Sam also offers a selection of wonderful charm bracelets created from dice, mini dominoes, Mah Jongg tiles, bingo calling numbers, letter tiles and other fun found objects and recycled game pieces.

Eclectic Elements offers unique and unusual bracelets, necklaces and earrings and other fun fashion accessories. People who have an eye for hip, mod and retro styles simply must visit. Support small online for unique indie jewelry designs.

Sam's game piece jewelry and Zeke's contemporary jewelry and folk art are available on their website and locally in Albuquerque, New Mexico by appointment or at the Downtown Grower's Market. The Market runs late June through mid-October and meets every Saturday from 7-11. Both Sam and Zeke also participate in shows in the Albuquerque area from time to time.


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