Sunday, August 17, 2014

Recycled metal brooches

On Friday completed a stash of brooches made from recycled silver-plated EPNS and silver-plated copper. As blog readers know when I cut up discarded and recycled silver-plated trays for making bigger works I set aside the smaller offcuts for assembled (usually fold-formed and/or riveted) jewellery and other small pieces.

©2014 Barry Smith - Brooches made from recycled metal
As you can see from the photo above I made 7 brooches. On Saturday morning I took into Maleny Additions to see if they were what they wanted to sell. The answer was yes so all 7 are on their way to Maleny Additions on Monday.

Photos of the individual brooches follow - as usual my photos leave a bit to be desired.

©2014 Barry Smith -  Recycled leaf form (9cm long)
©2014 Barry Smith - Recycled Bakelite tray handle (5-6cm long)
©2014 Barry Smith - Fan form from a tray (4cm squarish)
©2014 Barry Smith - Bit Gothic? - raised edge of a tray (5cm long)
©2014 Barry Smith - Foldformed brass on silver-plated EPNS (7-8cm long)
©2014 Barry Smith - Fold-formed brass on silver-plated copper (7-8cm long)
©2014 Barry Smith - Fold-formed silver plated EPNS on silver-plated copper (5cm long)
Fiona has completed and attached handmade swing tags - she kindly does the original calligraphy on each swing tag. And they have been packed in elegant black boxes. We will see if these appeal to the public and sell as lapel or scarf brooches.


  1. Can't imagine these not appealing Barry. A lovely addition to your repertoire ....

  2. I'm sure they'll have high appeal and will be winding their way to their new homes in no time.

  3. Well I think the photos are pretty darned good… & the brooches too :-)

  4. Just lovely, B, and I'm sure they'll sell like hot cakes! I especially fancy the one with the Bakelite.

  5. Hi JM, SB, J, SS & C - thanks for checking out the new collection. Sorry for tardy response to your welcome comments - a little too much happening at the moment. I will let you know if they walk out the door. SS - your comment re photos is generous. All go well and create well. B


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