At first glance, they might think she's crazy.

Sitting in section 12 of Sovereign Bank Stadium, Molly Baldwin can be spotted taking apart baseballs before a game starts.

When game balls get too soft in their cores and can't be used in play, she deconstructs them and turns them into bracelets.

"I get strange looks at first, but then people see the finished product and like them," Baldwin said.

She recycles the old baseballs to make bracelets, keychains and crosses, and sells them on the online craft site Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/braceletsbymolly. Items start at about $20.

Fans and friends also put in orders at games, Baldwin said.

"It's fun and a good way to support the team," she said.

Molly Baldwin shows off one of her handmade baseball bracelets. Molly uses old baseballs that can no longer be used for playing and turns them into jewelry
Molly Baldwin shows off one of her handmade baseball bracelets. Molly uses old baseballs that can no longer be used for playing and turns them into jewelry for her online business, Bracelets by Molly. (Randy Flaum photo)

The West York resident and jewelry maker is the fiancée of York Revolution Manager Mark Mason.

"I go to pretty much every game and make bracelets before games or afterward when I'm waiting for (Mason)," Baldwin said. "I try not to make them during games because I really like to watch the games."

Her own: But she's always wearing a bracelet during the games, and hers was made from a ball autographed by Mason.

Baldwin has made about 200 bracelets, some of which are signed by players and adorned with rhinestones, crystals, flowers, and team and cancer-awareness logos.

"They're really universal, and a lot of people like them," she said.

How it started: Baldwin got the idea to start making the bracelets a year ago. She and players' wives were waiting behind the clubhouse after a game, talking about "all the interesting things you can do with a baseball."

"I've always been a crafty person, and this is the first thing I've found that really speaks to me," she said.

It takes Baldwin about five hours to transform old baseballs into bracelets, and soon she may expand her hobby to include other sports.

She's considering making items from old footballs and basketballs next.

"The Revolution is definitely my team, but I don't discriminate against any team or sport," Baldwin said.

-- Candy Woodall can also be reached at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.