Single mom makes jewelry from old parts

Published On: May 07 2014 03:53:52 PM EDT   Updated On: May 16 2014 10:59:00 PM EDT

Meet a woman who is taking what some might consider junk and transforming it into something that is making waves in the fashion industry.


Janna Coumoundourus is a 39 year old mother of two who recently made a big life change. 

She became a jewelry designer, thanks to her interest in old typewriters.

Yes, it sounds a bit strange – but her work is catching the attention of artists and the fashion world.

"I got a 1950s typewriter off of and I didn't know what to do with it really, except that I wanted to take it apart." said Coumoundourus. 

So that's exactly what she did.  She turns parts, not only from typewriters, but also old adding machines, and even car parts into jewelry.

Coumoundourus said “l sit down in my studio, at my desk, and just pull out a bunch of large gears, or you know, whatever, and I'll start putting them together and see what works and what doesn't.”

The finished products range in price from $20 to $800 and are always a conversation starter.

"They always come up, want to touch it, and ask what it is." she said, "That's the thing too, when you buy it, you're wearing a piece of history. You know? There's a story behind it."

The Ferndale mom said she's proud to be doing exactly what she wants: pursuing her dreams, taking chances, and finding success. 

"I didn't stop," she said. "I didn't let anything stop me. I just went for it, and now I've got my own business, I'm a single mom now, and I'm making it work!"

You can find Janna's work at


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