CHIME Creates a New Sound With Well Worn Cymbals Written by Erica Mansfield Photos by Brianna Baggett In the Fall of 2006 Leslie Barrett of CHIME took a cracked drum cymbal, cut it up, and made a pair of earrings for herself. Leslie was taking a Jewelry Fabrication course at her local community college and because she was dating a drummer at the time, there was always old drum cymbals lying around. What she saw as a hobby, slowly turned into a profitable business. She now has over 50 designs, presences in online boutiques and brick and mortar stores internationally. With the cracked and beat up drum cymbals, Leslie handcrafts unique earrings, necklaces, bracelets and has recently introduced belt buckles to her collection. She also receives recognition from drummers across the country, who continually send her their old cymbals for her to work with. We went behind the scenes with Leslie to see her in action! Check out some of our footage and our favorite pieces!
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