Swap Brooch

Swap Brooch

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February, 2016

This was a brooch that I made for an art swap that the graduate department held every year at UMass Dartmouth. I had just been given a large chunk of “Fordite” (Basically layers of autobody paint that built up over many years in the old Ford factories.) by one of my professors to use in my thesis work, and I was dying to try cutting and shaping it. As it turns out, the stuff was way easier to work with than I thought, and the test cabochon that I made looked good enough to set.

I decided to base my contribution to the swap off this cabochon. I wanted to create something that looked distinctly “retro” to keep with the theme of the material, (This particular specimen was from the 1970s, as seen by the paint colors.) and this is what I came up with.

Bronze, brass, copper, silver, stainless steel, fordite, garnet, iolite, and citrine
Roughly 5.5cm x 3.2cm
(The largest stone is the garnet, the medium one is an iolite, and the smallest stone is a citrine. They are 4, 3, and 2 millimeters respectively.)