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Hobo Charms

created by

Micki Whelan

created by

Micki Whelan

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Say It With Symbols

Inspired by the iconic code painted on boxcars and train stations or carved on fence posts by traveling hobos during the Great Depression, Micki Whelan created a set of pendants designed to communicate a powerful message to all those you’ll encounter as you make your own trek though life. Carved in wax then cast in sterling silver, the front of these pendants comes in your choice of four messages, and the back features a triangular symbol representing faith, hope and love. Whether given to convey feelings or worn as a personal talisman, each of these wearable sentiments has an incredible history and is sure to resonate with the wearer. Handmade in Rhode Island.

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Micki Whelan has been working with metal for more than 25 years. A student of the Rhode Island School of Design, Whelan is influenced by clean and simple organic lines and shapes, as well as negative space. "My latest work takes me full circle, back to a few basic tools: my trusty rolling mill, round silver wire, and my two hands. It is heavily influenced by my Scandinavian heritage, where clean lines, unadorned design, and understatement are revered."

Whelan finds inspiration at her husband's greenhouse. She first sketches her designs of the plants and vegetation that surround her, as well as a few designs she creates herself. Then, Whelan translates each sketch by hand into sterling silver.

Made in the USA

Made from
sterling silver, waxed cotton
Pendant : .7" L x .8" W; 1 oz. Waxed cotton cord: 18" L.

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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
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Please note, these items are discontinued, when they sell out they will no longer be available.