ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The phrase one man’s trash is another man’s treasure couldn’t be more evident when it comes to St. Petersburg-based artist Mark Noll.
There are stacks and stacks of old kitchen counter tops in Noll’s backyard. Every day inside his garage, he’s recycling these scraps into earrings and necklaces.
“Anything I can cut up, give it some shape, shine it up and make it look pretty, I turn it into jewelry,” said Noll.
He only works with used materials, including bowling balls, furniture and pieces of surfboards.
“I drive up and down the alleys and I see something that is thrown out, I take a look at it. If I can use it, I bring it home and cut it up,” said Noll.
When it comes to just earrings alone, Noll has more than 500 different designs.
“With most of my stuff, I have cards that tell you what everything is made from, so having a little story behind every piece of jewelry adds to the value,” said Noll.
His creations have even been recognized at the Dali Museum, where he has Eiffel Tower Earrings for sale in the gift shop in collaboration with the new exhibit, Midnight in Paris.
“For me, who just started his business in a garage, to come to that point, it’s been a lot of fun,” said Noll.
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