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Oscar Swag Bags Feature Ind. Artist's Work
Pam Hurst's Necklaces To Be Given AwayMARTINSVILLE, Ind. -- The work of an Indiana artist could soon be worn by celebrities who'll walk the red carpet at Sunday's Academy Awards.
Pam Hurst, a former General Motors engineer turned artist, sells her jewelry designs out of her studio in Martinsville and online.
A company called the Artisans Group asked her to contribute 100 necklaces to be given away at gift lounges at events leading up to the Oscars, RTV6's Julie Pursley reported.
"They set up this lounge in the hotel and you get invited, and you get to come through and then you get all of these bags of things," Hurst said.
Hurst uses recycled silver and fuses wire together to make necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings. She hopes her one-of-a-kind designs catch the eye of Hollywood's elite.
"Of course Angelina Jolie would be great," Hurst said, laughing. "As much as I try to make them exactly alike, I can't. But that's the wonders of a handmade item. They're not going to look like they are mass produced."
Hurst said she sold five times more pieces in 2011 than she did in 2012. Now the sky may be the limit. "It's just like the next step. It makes me a little nervous, though," she said, laughing.
The 84th Annual Academy Awards will air Sunday at 8:30 p.m. on RTV6.
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