Two busy moms are finding time to make beautiful jewelry from unexpected places. Kingston resident Maureen Colton, 46, and partner Jenn Hammel, 38, of Duxbury have been recycling trash and turning it into treasure for the past 10 years.

Two busy moms are finding time to make beautiful jewelry from unexpected places. Kingston resident Maureen Colton, 46, and partner Jenn Hammel, 38, of Duxbury have been recycling trash and turning it into treasure for the past 10 years.

Colton and Hammel met 13 years ago at a daycare center their children attended. They started their jewelry and sign company, Tin Mints, about three years after they met.

“We both liked the idea of crafting and recycling, and we just put it together,” Colton said. “It has been a fun thing that we’ve done. We’ve made some money along the way, and we’re looking to branch out.”

The women make jewelry, wooden signs and other wooden pieces from recycled material found in local dumps, beaches or construction site leftovers. Some items are donated. For example, some of the jewelry is made of recycled belts, leather pieces and pieces of tin roofing. Their jewelry prices range from $8 to $45.

Tin Mints items have been available to customers via its Web site, www.tinmintsrecycled.com, for two years, and they are available at specialty stores in the area, including Sugar in Duxbury and Salon Tres Chic in Norwell.

“It’s amazing how we can take these pieces and transform them into jewelry and home items,” Hammel said.

In addition to planning for a catalog, the women say they would like to use their barn work area on Colton’s property as a potential storefront, or have the opportunity to sell their products in more retail stores.

Both women are stay-at-home mothers, and are active in the community. Hammel is the head coach of “Chicks with Sticks,” a girls field hockey group she started last fall, while Colton is a part-time tutor.

Both women said that although setting aside time to work on the business is difficult, Tin Mints is worth the effort.

“As the demand increases, we will make time,” Colton said.

Lana Lagomarsini may be reached at llagomar@ledger.com.