25 Mar '12, 12am

Fonderie 47 Recycles Confiscated AK-47 Rifles Into Luxurious Jewelry Fonderie 47 – Ecouterre via @ThinkDevGrow

Thum met John Zapolski, now his business partner, in 2009 at TED , where they bonded over their recollections of young African men and boys who were armed to the teeth with munitions and assault weapons. “After some time, we agreed that we’d try to do something to tackle the issue, but only if it was substantial and lasting,” Thum tells Ecouterre. “I felt that that making rare pieces—jewelry, watches and accessories—from the transformed guns could inspire the right people in the right way. John felt that what we did had to be about beauty and craft .” Profits feed into the Fonderie 47 Foundation, a charity that finances nongovernmental organizations such as the Mines Advisory Group. Although Fonderie 47 is a for-profit venture, sales of the jewelry feed into the Fonderie 47 Foundation, a charity that finances nongovernmental organizations such as the Mines Advisory Group ,...

Full article: http://www.ecouterre.com/fonderie-47-recycles-metal-from-...

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