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The Story behind Beautifully Broken

The Story behind Beautifully Broken

Posted by John Wolfe on 26th Sep 2017

Four years ago Kimberly Kiefer saw a belt buckle decorated with glass in a store that she really wanted, but circumstances kept her from buying it.

Soon after, the Ahwatukee mother of three was running along Pecos Road and noticed a large amount of pieces of broken glass. She picked some up and took them home.

An arty type, she created her own belt buckle with some pieces, then some broaches, and thought they looked nice.

Beautifully Broken was born.

 A lot of her acquaintances knew of her passion and began dropping off glass at her home -- like wine bottles. Kimberly even found two car windshields along the road to use.

She and her children were inundated by glass and created bins to separate pieces by color.

Friends purchased her items and others picked them up at craft fairs. A portion of her sales goes to the Sojourner House's women's crisis center.

Since 2013 she has produced a range of glassy products -- including jewelry and pieces of wall art, like trees, angel wings and the state flag.

Now Kimberly's glass wall pieces-- a mix of saguaro and barrel cacti -- are available at Sibley's West.

For these she uses fire glass with soothed edges for safety reasons. But they combine green, blue, clear and red shards.

The Indiana native will be a  guest of Sibley's West at the Nov. 17 Chandler Art Walk. Her trunk show of items will be held from 6 to 8 pm.