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So i have started to make my bouquet and i have threaded all my buttons and broaches onto wire and im ready to out it together – my problem is im not sure how to!
any of you bees who have made these before could you advise me of the best way to do so? either with the foam balls, or bunching the wires together or any other way you found worked best.
your help and advise would be greatly appreciated!
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I’m almost done with my brooch bouquet but for me the easiest way was to buy a medium sized styro foam ball. I paper mached it with tissue paper, glue, and water. After letting it dry I got the brooches and wrapped some of them with wire and poked it through the ball I put fabric flowers and preserved orchid under the brooches so the ball wouldn’t show. The brooches that were too hard to stick into the ball I just pinned them in with a needle pearl pin thing. I will be posting pictures soon when it is complete. I also used a tussy mussy as a handle with a popsicle stick and a lot of glue. If you have any quetions feel free to contact me
Post # 6
I’m still working on mine but the method I picked is working great. I bought four fake hydrangeas to use as filler. Hold them in your hand upright like a bouquet and then stick the wire stems in one at a time wherever you want to place them. When you’re done wrap the hanfull of seems to hold in place.
Post # 7
There are quite a few threads here on brooch bouquets too… complete with step by step pics and instructions. Just use the search function here, you should have no problem.
Post # 8
I made a bead bouquet. All I did was gather the strands together – say 5 or six together and then bind them with more wire. Gawwwwsh Im not making sense! Right.
1) I threaded beads/buttons (about 6) onto a length of wire 0.6 I think
2) I used very thin – like 0.2 wire to wrap small bundles together in groups of 5 or 6 (some slightly more or some slightly less)
3) I then wrapped (using the 0.2mm wire)the small bundles into the main bouquet- so I started with a group in the middle then wired little clusters around it so there was one in the middle and 5 around it (hope this makes sense) and then kept going in circles around the foundation part (the middle). My bouquet is not as bowl shaped as online ones -more raggedy and uneven but I love it that way – I didnt want it too formed if that makes sense. If you want a more relaxed look this is the method for you but if you want it more perfect I would go for a bouquet shaper dome thing. Because they are wire I am able to move the uneven bits around to even it out and used ribbon and netting around the stems to pretty it up. I used florists tape to make it all green and not pointy. I love it!
Post # 9
Thanks for the replies!
i would love to see the pictures of your finished bouquets!
Post # 10
@MrsTVLover: tagging this for later. Thanks!
I too am going to be a brooch bouquet bride!
Post # 11
Similar to @AlbertaLolita, I bought dark green fake hydrangeas to use as a base for mine (mostly for shape). Then I inserted each individual stem and wrapped each one as I placed it in with floral tape.
I found that was actually the key in getting it all to stay together and end up with a sturdy piece (even though it was time-consuming).
Here’s a pic of what mine ended up looking like.
I then wrapped the bouquet’s stem with ribbon and used some looped wire ribbon underneath. (I don’t have pics of that but can post if you want to know what I mean).
Post # 12
@RexManningDay: Looks beautiful!
how heavy is it? just curious!
some of the buttons i want to use are pretty small so think i will be having to have alot of wire which i think will make mine much heavier
Post # 13
@hellsbells2949: It’s actually not that heavy (it’s a lot lighter than it looks). I think it’s about 2 pounds.
Post # 14
I also used fake hydrangeas in my brooch bouquet. They were a great base that helped keep it together and hold the shape!
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@AlbertaLolita: I did the same!
I bought 4 fake hydrangeas to be able to have a white fluffy background behind my brooches and to make sure there was no metailic showing under. You can see the white petals here because I was not finished yet… it really helped me keep the bouquet-shape that I wanted while giving some bulk for the heavier brooches to sit on….
I became a little OCD about the placement of certain brooches and because I used silver with gold accents, I wanted to make sure the gold was scattered evenly and that there wasn’t too much here or there… also I wanted the bouquet to be rounded and so if a brooch stuck up too high when I first placed it, I would take it out and replace it… I don’t feel like this would be possible with a syrofoam ball because you’d make such a thick hole… it also might get a little messy!
Another thing I did was once I felt like I had about half of the brooches placed, I took a zip tie and tightened it around the blooms/wires so I did not have to hold it so tight anymore as it was actually starting to hurt my hand!
Then I’d take a break for a few days and come back to it and place a few more. The zip tie made it amazing to hold and place the brooches together without having the whole thing fall apart.
I don’t really have a good pic of the finished product yet but here’s one that you can’t see the white hydrangea because its all brooches:
and this one you can see the white hydrangea that masked the wires & etc:
I would be a little bummed if that were just wires or a styrofoam ball so I HIGHLY recommend the fake hydrangea… hope that helps!
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@KimmySumShuga: I will be making one of these as well. I’ve collected about 30 brooches from thrift stores and flea markets… I didn’t realize how costly this would be but it will withstand time and maybe my future daughter will want to use it as well. My question is how many brooches did you use? I like the size you have made yours and just want to know how much I have to go.