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I collect all sorts of really awesome "stuff" bits and pieces of any and everything. Beautiful little objects that I dont want to part with. So I started to make tiny collages of found objects and turn them into 
pieces of art that can be worn. Brooches of recycled treasures. 
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Step 1: Supplies

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Pretty much any and everything that catches your eye..... beads, bits of paper, parts and pieces of old jewelry ,and findings, feathers, photos, toys, whatever you find that you want to incorporate into your brooch. 


jewelry wire (most craft stores sell spools of wire)

pin backs (most craft stores sell pin backs) 

Base for collage brooch ( I like to use mini cookie cutters and cut shapes I like from clay, I have access to a kiln so I like to bisque them and use them as my base. If you dont have a kiln you can use air dry. You can also just add another found object as your base piece. Sometimes a Puzzle piece is a good shape to use for a base piece)...no really!


needle nose plier

Step 2: Starting out

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Begin by gluing a pin back to a shape that you will use as a base piece. 

Step 3: Collect your collage pieces

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Look at your collection of "stuff" choose what you might like to use

Step 4: Think about it

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Think about it and decide if you want to create an abstract brooch or it you want to go with a theme?

Step 5: Begin the brooch

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When you have an idea for your piece cut a piece of jewelry wire, I can not tell you what length, but keep in mind it needs to be long enough to wrap around your found object and the pin base. You can add on more wire as you go along. 

Step 6: Begin to attach your objects

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I decided to make this brooch for someone that happens to be expecting a baby.... So I found and used an old diaper pin.

Step 7: Begin to attach

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using the jewelry wire attach the items by twisting the wire around the base piece, when you get to the back of the brooch, guide the wire under the pin back .
drwebster2 years ago
these are too awsome,i make collages out of found objects also,lately i been using can lids,i like them cause you can punch holes in them,adding all sorts of things,looking at your stash makes me green -w- envy,lol,do you sell your work?...Dorothy
Susan Cirigliano (author)  drwebster2 years ago
Have you posted any instructables of your found object collages? I love the "green-with-envy term".... I was working with a student of mine yesterday and he needed one little tiny green house (a monopoly house ) and dont-cha know I had one!
Yes I do sell my stuff.
I have begun to promote myself as a mixed
media artist, so I guess one could say my life is a collage.
Susan Cirigliano (author) 2 years ago
Thank you
Martyka2 years ago
I like the bird one in the right hand corner
doodlecraft2 years ago
Really fun! I'm going to start rummaging around for little bits and pieces! :)
Susan Cirigliano (author)  doodlecraft2 years ago
yes indeed you will start to really enjoy this reuse form of art making, little self portraits, journals, adventures, short stories...little collaged memories!