Making jewelry from unused bits and pieces of high-end luxury vehicles
Founded by Christi Schimpke, CRASH Jewelry is located in Los Angeles and has been re-imagining unused sheet metal originally intended for cosmetic repairs on cars.
Christi’s husband, Dan Schimpke, is the co-owner of Beverly Coachcraft and together with his partner has been operating a high-end auto body shop for over three decades. As in most collision repair, many parts are removed and simply discarded. This is where Christi conceived her original idea to use undamaged pieces from luxury cars like Porsche, Bentley, Maserati, and Ferrari, to create artistic jewelry and fashionable items for both men and women.
Honestly, the work they do is nothing short of brilliant.
The technique she uses is impressive and allows her to bend the metal to her will. They cut the sheet metal into varying widths and lengths using a template. After that, they slowly heat the metal blanks in stages so as not to corrupt or ruin the factory finish. They then begin to gradually shape the blanks into a 'C' or what a cuff looks like, using a roller, their hands, and a rubber mallet. Sometimes even doing this doesn't work and the paint will crack, so it certainly requires attention to detail and a passion for creativity.
Originally an art history major, Christi certainly has the background knowledge to recognize a chance at creating something unique using the materials around her. And we are glad she did.
Using leftover body panels, all of these wonderful machines can decorate not only your garage, but also your person. My favorite piece they currently design, you ask? That cool Ferrari 612 Scaglietti Cuff for men. Awesome.
For more information about CRASH, please visit their website!