(Closed) Finding brooches for jewelry making

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1990

@ LLauRRa  Thank you so much for the link!!! I’ve been looking all over and I keep thinking I’ll have to resort to eBay estate sales.

 

I’m making my own jewelry as well.  I wonder how they convert the brooches and pins into something they can add to the necklace?

Post # 6
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Wannabee

I love these types of necklaces and have been debating on trying to make them myself. My question is, how do you attach the brooch? Does anyone have any DIY tips from start to finish?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

Those pieces are lovely!  I’ve seen vintage-styled rhinestone brooches on Fire Mountain Gems and similar buttons on M&J Trimming.  Those could work for DIY projects. 

For the brooches, if you’re handy with a soldering iron (something I have yet to learn), it would probably be easy to cut off the pin back and solder on a couple of jump rings.  My low-tech method would probably be to bead the bracelet so that there’s a jump ring at either end and use the brooch as a closure.  It’s like two pieces in one!

If any of you ladies makes something like those, I’d love to see them!  I’ve got a soft spot for vintage repurposed jewelry!  :o)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Here is a picture of a bracelet that I made with a vintage brooch, I removed the pin portion of the brooch and then strung beading wire through the ends and added the beads to the wire. The picture is a little dark, but you can get the general idea hopefully, if anyone wants close up pictures let me know.

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Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I made my necklace with my grandmother’s butterfly brooch.  The pin part is vertical so I just pinned the brooch to the chains.

Here’s a picture… (hopefully it posts).   🙂

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Didn’t work.  Let me try again.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

If you look on ebay at vintage brooches- they have a TON

Post # 12
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Look for local antique shops in your town. I know there’s a big one here in Vegas that I spotted some nice jewelry in. The coast in Oregon has some nice little antique stores too. Or how about asking the female members of your family if you can borrow one of theirs for your jewelry pieces. If you make a bracelet you can just clip the broach to you can keep the bracelet and give the broach back.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1990

eBay sellers really tend to hike up the prices of those brooches though, and trump up the shipping charges too.

Thank you Miss Yorkie for those links!  I am using firemountaingems.com for beads, but the site is so big I didn’t know they had pins!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

That’s right, arobb81!  You were heat-setting rhinestones, no?  How’s that going?  :o)

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 1990

Well I only burned myself once, haha!  I’ve decided now not to do one of my projects, I was going to heat set swarovskis onto a pair of pink chuck taylor sneakers for the reception, but after trying on dresses I realized I’d rather go with a nice ballet flat.  I’m still going to use the rhinestones for my invitations or favors or something, probably do some flip flops for my BMs.

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Hi mandalee,

 I think I’ve found exactly what you’re looking for!  Check out seller lafancybeads on ebay.  They carry an exact brooch!  Good luck!

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