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Punctured Patina – A One-of-a-Kind Handmade Brooch by NancyDee Sculptures


It’s bent and punctured and mangled and scratched – and bits of it have turned blue. And I think it is one of the most beautiful and unusual pieces of metal I’ve ever picked up from the streets of Melbourne. Guaranteed to be a conversation starter!

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Cuber: Nancy Dee (Prahran)


I created this one-of-a-kind handmade brooch called Punctured Patina from a bent and crunched piece of metal that I found on the streets of Melbourne. Usually I combine bits and bobs of found items for my brooches, but this piece of metal was unique and worthy of becoming a brooch in its own right. Depending on the light, it has a blue patina on a few of the bent bits, mostly top left.

I normally create wall sculptures and 3D sculptures from the wood, metal and tiles I find on the streets of Melbourne. However, through Instagram I met handmade jewellery designer Lynn Powers from New Orleans. She encouraged me to try making jewellery from the objects I found on the street, but I never had.

Then I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual brooch exhibition, so I entered–and found that making brooches is great fun. Several of my pieces were on display in the 2019 Australian National Brooch Show and in the 2020 Wearable Art exhibition at The Old Auction House in Kyneton. Others will be featured in 2021 at an exhibition during Melbourne Design Week in March.

My brooches are available through Incube8r Gallery, in the shops in Fitzroy and Prahran, as well as online. Be sure and check out my Instagram account for my brooches,

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Dimensions2 × 4 × 1 cm
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