|Dimensions||3 × 4 cm|
Copper, Reclaimed Materials
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.
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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