Ford Focus NecklaceFord is celebrating 100 years of history in England this year. While a number of celebrations and special events are scheduled to mark the occasion, the automaker has also commissioned some unique jewelry as part of the centennial bash.

Designer Katherine Hawkins was tasked with crafting a piece from components lifted from the Ford Focus and came up with a special necklace design. The piece uses dials, buttons, needles and springs from the hatchback as well as seat material. Hawkins doesn't drive herself, and had little idea of what the parts were actually used for in the vehicle.

We're not quite sure what to say about Hawkins' design other than we wish we could see what the designer could come up with using pieces lifted from '30s Lincoln instead of a 2012 Focus. Given that we aren't entirely smitten by the dial pad mounted in the middle of the vehicle's dash, we'd likely cringe a bit seeing the pieces dangle around anyone's neck.

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Cornwall, UK, 11 October 2011 – A Cornish designer has tackled one of the biggest and most unusual challenges of her career – creating a piece of jewellery out of Ford Focus car parts.

Twenty-six year-old Katherine Hawkins is a British designer who runs her 'Crème Nouveau' business from a studio in St Columb Major. She was commissioned by Ford to create a unique piece of vintage-style 'Ford' jewellery as part of the company's Centenary Tour – a month-long event celebrating 100 years of Ford of Britain.

The one-off necklace combines rhinestones and crystals with reversed instrument dials, needles, nuts, bolts and springs, on a template made from car seat material.

Katherine said: "When the box of car parts arrived, I didn't really know what to expect. It doesn't help that I can't actually drive so at first I didn't know what the parts were for! But once I got them spread out to see how they look and sit and how I could work with them, the idea came very quickly and I was able to use really cool metals, plastics and rubbery bits!"

The Ford Centenary Tour came to an end in September, covering a distance of over 2,200 miles across Britain, from Inverness to Southampton and Cardiff to London.

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