Brooch Bouquet help!

posted 3 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@mexlover:  I purchased quite a few of my brooches from Amazon. Some were as low as a penny but they charge for shipping and handling so maybe $3. I also purchased 6 from Etsy that were about 2-3 inches wide. You gotta let your fingers do the walking to see what you can find. 

Also, when you start to add wire, try to add it on top and the bottom or across to make sure it twists evenly. Oh and remove the actual needle/pin part from the middle and you can save them in case you want to use the brooch as a brooch again.

I havent finished mine yet but I did all of the wiring and taping so next is putting it together!

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I got a lot of mine from ebay.  It takes a lot of patience and dedication!  I even set my aunts out on a mission to look for brooches as they are big garage sale goers.  I also asked mine and my FI’s families if they had any that I could have (I got some from moms and grnadmas which is really special).

It is a BIG time commitment.  Make sure to work on it a little bit every day wiring a brooch or two.  If you try to do it all in one shot you will be kicking yourself (and your fingers which will be in so much pain!).  Like PP I have all mine wired and taped and I just need to arrange them which is proving to be the most difficult part for me!  I haven’t been able to commit and just move forward with it yet lol.

I wish you lots of luck and please share the finished product!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

My aunt has donated a bunch of her brooches, I did a lot of Value Village trips and even found a few pieces at dollar stores. Don’t focus on finding just brooches. Look for earrings, rings, barrettes, anything that could be turned into a beautiful piece. 

 

I haven’t started putting mine together yet but I think I would like to follow Mrs. Sunhat’s design for her gorgeous brooch bouquet with silk flowers as the filler. Here’s a link to her post about it: http://www.weddingbee.com/2012/01/23/blue-brooch-bouquet/#axzz2iYEOIp4e

Edited: because my typing is atrocious today. 🙂

 

 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’ve been sourcing mine on eBay and Etsy. We are having an Art Deco wedding, so I’ve been fastidious about only buying vintage brooches from that era. It hasn’t been cheap, but if you are less picky about provenance, you can get them pretty cheaply. I suggest searching for lots (as in, “brooch lot” meaning a group of brooches sold together, not just a LOT of brooches), as oftentimes that significantly reduces the cost per item.

 

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2013

There is a monthly, county flea market that my brother’s fiance has purchased several from. It’s a HUGE flea market – I’m not sure how common ones this size are, but there’s so much selection and not expensive (plus, flea market = negotiation). She’s heard you need a lot more brooches than you might expect so shes been slowly accumulating them over time to avoid having to purchase a bunch all at once.

It might also be worth asking family members if they have any they would be willing to lend you. It might make it a little more special if you knew stories or people behind the brooch.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@mexlover:  I think about 35-40 brooches although I am trying to keep mine on the small side.  It’s not even all together yet and dang- that thing is heavy!  My poor MOH, good thing for her, it’s a short ceremony.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I got some as clearance items from Macy’s, Charming Charlie’s, and Forever 21. Most of those were flower necklaces and bracelets that I turned into stems. The overwhelming majority came from an Etsy seller that makes the brooches. My brooch bouquet will be very large ( about 12 inches diameter). I averaged 3 to 4 bucks a brooch.

 

The best tutorial I found used a drill to twist the wire: http://www.thefuturemrsh.com/2012/09/02/make-your-own-brooch-bouquet-i-did/

 

Here is mine so far. The sides aren’t done yet, so it’s just a top view. Also, the stems aren’t in there permanently. I was practicing my arranging.

Please excuse the blurry photo, my foot, and the Christmas PJ’s. Lol.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Not sure whether this post will help but I used The Handmade Card Company. A UK site, lovely quality brooches. Tips……… make sure you used a good wire. Not too thick – hard work. Not too thin – the shape will change. I used a silk ivory hydrangea bunch for the base and they were arranged over that. Mine was big, I used about 60 brooches. Yes, it was heavy but not ridiculous. I also included a pretty watch face so I could tell the time without wearing a watch. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@mexlover:  you get the roundness from the faux hydrangea stems underneath. I got 11 of them and pulled the green leaves off. I then bunched them in my hand and made the shape I wanted. Then I tied the stems with a rubber band to hold the shape. Then I went over them with the floral tape. You don’t have to use anywhere as many stems as I did, but the process is the same. The brooches will sit on top and take the same shape. Here is a picture i took when I first started. I wanted it round but a little more flat on the top. Also I used 20 gauge wire for my heavier pieces and 22 gauge for the tiny light weight brooches.

 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@Michellejane:  A clock! That’s genius. Now I need to find myself a flower brooch with a clock center. 

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

@mexlover:  Yep. I put the wire stems on the brooches and wrapped them with floral tape. Then, I pushed them through the hydrangeas. Just keep adding them or moving them around until you like what you have. When you’re happy with what you have, wrap the brooch stems and hydrangea stems together with more floral tape. Getting the round shape is all about the faux flowers underneath. I practiced making the shape in the flower isle at Hobby Lobby (It took about 3 mins). I kept adding more stems until I got the look I wanted. That’s how I knew how many to buy. Then I waited and picked them up as time went on, using 50% off coupons and getting the ones on clearance. Be sure to get hydrangeas. The bunches make it really easy to form a circle. Also, don’t get any in colors you wouldn’t want to peek through here and there. 

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