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Boiling the Billy - Copper Brooch by NancyDee Sculptures

I created this one-of-a-kind copper brooch, called Boiling the Billy, from a piece of flattened copper pipe, a bright copper-coloured ring, short copper wires and a small piece of silver-coloured metal. The brooch is just 3x4cm. I found all the bits and bobs to make this brooch on the streets of Melbourne.

Boiling the Billy is featured in the online exhibition ‘Survival Kit 2020‘ at the George Paton Gallery, University of Melbourne. The other brooches in this exhibition are Reaching Out and Yoga 2.

Working as NancyDee Sculptures, I normally create larger wall sculptures and 3D sculptures with what I find. Last year, however, 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 on display. Since then, I’ve discovered how much fun it is to make these one-of-a-kind brooches.

I am committed to sustainability in designing and creating my brooches. My hope is that you will enjoying wearing Boiling the Billy as much as I enjoyed making it. I also hope that it will remind you of the 5Rs: refuse, reduce, reuse, repurpose and recycle.


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Dimensions 3 × 4 cm
Jewellery Material

Copper, Reclaimed Materials

This piece was lovingly created by

Nancy Dee (Fitzroy)

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