(Closed) Help! How do I make a vintage brooch bouquet?

posted 8 years ago in Flowers
Post # 3
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Helper bee

I’ve seen the post on OBB, but hoo boy is it one hell of a DIY project!

I guess you’d go about it in the same way as creating a faux flower bouquet, but with brooches and assorted baubles instead of the flowers.

One thing you need to establish is that its quite time and money intensive – you’d have to go scouring vintage stores and websites online to find the kind of charms and brooches she is aiming for, plus additional crystals/beads/pearls as filler. If you are picking up antique jewelry, you may also have to have certain pieces cleaned for use in the bouquet. All of this isn’t as simple as running to your local florist and placing an order for seasonal flowers.

Actual antique jewelry also doesn’t come too cheap.

I’m sure making the bouquet will also require fiddling with wire, pliers and such,especially if you want to remove the brooches from the bouquet post wedding.

She also needs to make it clear as to whether she intends to have similar BM/MOH/bouts to match her own bouquet… usually they coordinate with whatever the bride has.

Not trying to be negative, just saying that its a DIY that requires quite some dedication to pull off. Mad props to you if you do! ( and don’t forget to let all of us luddites here know how you did it as well )

You might want to mesaage this bride as she seems to have accomplished it – http://strawberriesandchampers.blogspot.com/2009/10/stunning-vintage-brooch-bouquets.html

And incase you need some more inspiration – http://www.jobarnesvintage.com/VintageBouquets.html

 

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

… before cybele puts you off your game… does it HAVE to be vintage? They make alot of brooches now that look vintage but aren’t. Does she want only brooches or can there be filler? Most filler you can get at Michael’s and with 40% off coupons, it wouldn’t be nearly as expensive. Is she wanting you to pay for it too, or can you tell her to buy supplies and then go from there? I get the feeling this is going to be a trial and error thing, but I’ll be right there with you since I want to make the same thing!

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

have her convo some of the bouquet designers on etsy.  I’d give them the honor!  Or she could put an ad out on alchemy and state it’s for only bouquet designers to create…

 

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Here’s an etsy designer who makes them (in Birmingham, England) by Buttonmoonbouquet.

Price was quoted for between 85-137 british pounds. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

bellenga, the example you’ve got up is actually pretty doable with buttons and beads… the one at OBB is ENTIRELY brooches which is complicated… http://offbeatbride.com/2010/01/brooch-bouquet

I agree that she should just turn to Etsy for this rather than a DIY

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

… duh, Bellenga, why didn’t I think of that?

Post # 9
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Wow, now I kind of want to do this! Consider including other kinds of jewelry, like mis-matched earrings, in addition to the brooches, or even instead of.  You can get these pretty cheaply in antique, vintage, and thrift stores sometimes.  It seems like you could hotglue the pieces onto foam balls or other base materials as long as you had a bouquet holder or some kind of cone to keep them in.  Then I’d trim the edges with a pretty fabric or ribbon to hide any stray pieces of foam.  This way you could fill in non-brooch/earring spaces with beads and sequins or buttons on pins or twisted wire pretty easily.

 

Post # 10
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Helper bee

P.S. – Lisa Martin from Studio del Fiore, the creator of that bouquet does take custom commissions, if you do want to go that way. You can give her your own gems and jewelry to create a unique bouquet. Unfortunately that bouquet was one of a kind and was for sale at some wedding showcase last week, so its probably been snapped up already.

Some more stuff to keep in mind if you choose to create your own

– 75 pieces of jewelry make up the bouquet

– She has used costume jewelry its not all antique and vintage.

– It took her 3 months to make and cost her $500.

 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I was going to make one of these also, but chickened out… now i kind of wish I had. I have nothing to offer, except for good luck and I can’t wait to see it!

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I say hit up pawn shops and antique stores look in the costume jewelry section start gathering up the “bling” so to speak and get thick pipe cleaners and wrap them around each “pin” and then treat them like individual stalks… that’s how I would do it :o)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

darn, now I want to do this. I knew it was a dangerous post, keep us updated on the end result! With pictures! also i did buy some cheap “vintage” earrings which work, and you ge two! They can double as broaches in this case!

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