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Boiling the Billy – Brooch by NancyDee Sculptures


I created this one-of-a-kind brooch, just 3x4cm, from a piece of flattened copper pipe, a bright copper-coloured ring, short copper wires and a small piece of silver-coloured metal, all of which I found on the streets of Melbourne. It is featured in the online exhibition ‘Survival Kit 2020’ at the George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne.

I normally create larger wall sculptures and 3D sculptures with what I find, but last year I had a chance to think small – in particular, brooch-sized. Through Instagram I met handmade jewellery designer Lynn Powers from New Orleans. She regularly encouraged me to try making jewellery from the found objects I collected, but I never had.

Then I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual brooch exhibition. I entered in 2019, and five of my pieces were displayed. Since then, I’ve discovered how much fun it is to make these one-of-a-kind brooches. My hope is that you will enjoying wearing it as much as I enjoyed making it, and that it will remind you of the 5Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.

Sold By: Nancy Lane (Fitzroy)

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Dimensions 3 × 4 cm
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