Q: What does “Zelle” mean?
A: It’s derived from Liz’s performance name, as the early pieces she designed were referred to as “Quantazelle’s jewelry.”
Q: How do I buy this stuff?
A: For online and IRL locations check out Where to Buy.
Q: Are these recycled electronic components?
A: For the most part, no. We buy almost everything from electronic component distributors so that every piece is consistent, and so we know of what everything is made. A few items are created from recycled or discontinued components, such as the limited edition Microprocessor Necklace.
Q: What about health concerns? Is there lead in this stuff and can it be absorbed through the skin? Will stuff explode?
A: All the new, non-vintage stuff is ROHS compliant. Some of the older components are nonROHS. In any case lead cannot be absorbed through the skin. In any case, our jewelry is not meant for kids who still put things in their mouth.
The capacitors we use cannot spontaneously explode, leak, or when not connected to a current. Larger, old, oil-filled ones pre-1975 leaked PCBs, but the ones we use have are new, never been part of a circuit, and are of such low voltage anyway. See capacitors.
Q: Why don’t you use sterling silver findings or pretty crystal beads along with resistors and capacitors?
A: Because that would totally defeat the idea behind the jewelry–electronic technology as an object of beauty in itself. Using materials that have traditionally been viewed as valuable or “fine” such as silver or gemstones would contradict the idea that the preciousness of the components and what they represent takes centerstage. Besides, silver clashes with components–steel complements it much better.