Megan Nissen stumbled upon the idea of making jewelry out of electronic components while working as an intern at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), but it wasn’t until preparing for the next Caltech Ballroom Dance Club party that she made some earrings that she gained the admiration of her geekier friends. Months later when she found herself between jobs, she figured she’d give the jewelry business a try.
With the help of her dance club friend, Jessie they hand made some initial pieces to sell on Etsy as Techcycled. Unlike other Etsy sellers who can’t even identify what surplus material they use for their creations, Megan, with an Electrical Engineering degree and Jessie with a Ph.D. in Applied Physics actually know the real-world, intended function of the components they work with. All of their pieces are packaged in jewelry boxes and come with a information card on their history.