Katherine Hawkins gets to work on the necklace

Katherine Hawkins gets to work on the necklace

A car can take you to a lot of places, but who would have thought that it would take a trip into your wardrobe?

A Cornish designer has tackeled one of the biggest and most unusual challenges by creating a piece of jewellery out of Ford Focus car parts.

Twenty-six year-ol Katherine Hawkins runs her 'Créme Nouveau' business from a studio in St Columb Major. She was commissioned by Ford to create a unique piece of vintage-style 'Ford' jewellery as part of the company's Centenary Tour - a month-long event celebrating 100 years of Ford of Britain.

The one-off necklace combines rhinestones and crystals with reversed instrument dials, needles, nuts, bolts and springs, on a template made from car seat material.

Katherine said: "When the box of car parts arrived, I didn't really know what to expect. It doesn't help that I can't actually drive so at first I didn't know what the part were for! But once I got them spread out to see how they look and sit and how I could work with them, the idea came very quickly and I was able to use really cool metals, plastics and rubbery bits!"

The Ford Centenary Tour came to an end in September, covering a distance of over 2,200 miles across Britain, from Inverness to Southampton and Cardiff to London.

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