Upcycled plastic water bottles, torchworked glass beads, and sterling silver. Earring measures 1 1/2” x 3/4”. Proceeds donated to Ajo Samaritans.
These earrings are made from plastic water bottles left behind by migrants on their dangerous journey across the Sonoran desert. The red and white glass bead in the center refer to the “Red Dot Map” which depicts a trail of migrant deaths through the Growler Valley west of Ajo.
Tina Finneran and Tracy Taft collaborated on these earrings in their Ajo, Arizona studios. Tina hand cut each earring from upcycled, found water bottles and attached them with sterling silver rivets. To each earring, she added a glass bead made by Tracy Taft from Italian glass made on the island of Murano. They hang on sterling silver wires. Due to their handmade nature, like human beings, each earring is unique.
When you purchase these earrings, the proceeds are donated to the Ajo Samaritans to help them continue their work to alleviate suffering and save the lives of travelers in the desert, irrespective of their immigration status.