Keep Your Arm on the Ball – Miniature Handmade Brooch


Keep your arm on the ball (pun intended) — and this one-of-a-kind brooch on your jacket collar. Even though it’s small, people are guaranteed to notice it.

I created this miniature brooch (base 2x2cm) from a piece of grey tile, twisted wire, and round pieces of metal that I found on the streets of Melbourne. I normally create wall sculptures and 3D sculptures from the wood, metal and tiles I find. Recently, however, I had a chance to think smaller.

Through Instagram I met handmade jewellery designer Lynn Allison from New Orleans. She regularly encouraged me to try something ‘jewellery sized’, but I never had. Then I saw that the Contemporary Art Society of Victoria was holding its annual Australian National Brooch Show.

I hunted through my collection of trash looking for smooth backing pieces and tiny pieces of metal. I bought a packet of brooch clips, then started experimenting.

Making brooches is great fun. Five of my pieces were on display in the 2019 Australian National Brooch Show. Several others have sold at Incube8r Gallery in Prahran and Fitzroy. Now they are available through my online shop as well.

Weight 0.01 kg
Dimensions 5 × 3 × 1 cm