Post # 1
I have been working on a brooch bouquet for quite a while..Before starting I did a lot of research, looked at lots of tutorials, and of course drooled over the DIY brides before me that have posted their brooch bouquets on here, and even contemplated buying one off of etsy……. But I love to do crafts and thought it would be more personal if I made my own.. The tutorials made it seem SO simple.. Just get some sparkly brooches, earrings, buttons, and shiny what-nots and stick them on some fake flowers..How hard can it be?? Hmmm.. What the tutorial seemed to forget to mention was the frustration that occurs from different problems along the way(maybe its just me?).. It seemed like I never had enough brooches (already over 100!) But I kept on going, determined not to have this be one of my craft attempt failures, and believe me there’s been plenty of those! Now that I have the top section almost completely finshed (will it ever be really finished?) I decided to share with the hive.. I really love the way its come out, and I would definitely do it again.. If anyone is having a hard time with theirs, keep going! Although it’s about 10 pounds as of now, I can’t wait to carry this down the aisle and to put on my mantle after ( believe me after all the work I put into this, this thing is going on display!) Anyone with questions or need an inspiration boost feel free to contact me!!
Here’s the pics; Please disregard the brown vase I have it propped up in!
Post # 3
Beautiful! You have done a marvelous job – the brooches go together very well- and that’s not always the case.
Post # 4
Oh, wow, this is gorgeous! You NEEEEEEEED to post DIY tips for this!
Post # 6
That is amazing–ITS GORGEOUS! Each one of those brooches go together like they was meant for each other. Seriosuly!
Post # 8
thanks ladies! i’ll post pics of the finished product! I’ll also type up some tips for everyone from my trials and tribulations along the way!
Post # 9
Everything meshes so well! Beautiful!
Post # 10
OK this is the prettiest one I have ever seen!!! Congrats on a fabulous job!
Post # 11
I love it! It’s totally cohesive and really elegant.
Post # 12
Absolutely GORGEOUS – this is one of the best I’ve seen!
Post # 13
Looks amazing! I’m also working on my own brooch bouquet and am still in the ‘collecting’ phase. How many brooches did you wind up using? Did you finish the bottom of it? That’s something I can’t quite decide on yet.
Post # 16
I am so flattered that everyone loves this as much as I do.. I am usually the one swooning over things other bees have made, so it’s nice to be on the other end of it! So although I am still in the final phases of finishing, I thought i would give everyone some tips that I learned mostly through trial and error! I went through MANY tutorials and pieced together a system that worked for me..Here is the tutorial I mainly used:
Here is what I did differently;
I used probably about 100 brooches but I would have gotten a few bigger ones and less small ones if I were to do it again.. Decide what you want yours to look like and start collecting ASAP.. I purchased most of my pins through ebay.. Type in brooch lots.. You are going to get lots with brooches that you won’t use.. Just judge the cost by the ones that you will be using to decide if its worth it.. I would estimate around $5 a pin unless here and there you buy something extra special for more $$.. Michaels has a section with vintage buttons and pieces to make jewelry with that look gorgeous.. Cheap with your coupons!!! Also, I went to a vintage flea mkt in downtown boston and got a bunch there.. I wanted mine to be mostly flower or flower related but there is a cameo, a steampunk pin, and a random rhinestone camel in mine in there because it was funny and interesting.. I also wanted mine to be mostly pearl, clear rhinestone, or AB, but I also threw in a couple colored ones here and there for a little punch..I did not stick to one type of metal like the tutorial says and it looks great! I bought 2 stems of artificial white hydrangeas from Michaels.. Make sure that the flower part isnt too flimsy.. I originally bought some at wal-mart and it wasn’t working…Before you start wire the hydrangeas together really tightly, high up under the flower part and with wire cutters trim the stem down to a normal bouquet length .. For wiring the brooches and hydrangea I suggest using a 20 gauge heavy wire the 22 gauge is too thin.. I tried to use thinner wire and it really complicated things.. A very important part is to make sure each brooch can support its own weight when you hold it up by the end of the wire..If it doesn’t wire it a second time.. As you are adding them into the hydrangea base, about every 10 brooches or so wrap a piece of wire around the stem of the bouquet to secure the pins you are putting in.. If not, they start to shift around and it’s hard to handle and keep neat..
I plan on making the bottom of mine like in the tutorial.. Except I can’t figure out why it tells you to get so much velvet ribbon.. It doesn’t explain why you need that much.. So I am going to get much less..
If anyone needs any help or advice let me know.. You can send me a pic of your inspiration piece and I can find some deals on ebay to get you started!
Good Luck Bees!