(Closed) Any active Bee’s on the board who have made a “Brooch Bouquet?

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@Misshotsauce:

Hey I have all my brooch’s and supplies, im just getting started this week. I’m not sure if I can help what did you need to know?

Post # 5
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2606 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I did!  list your questions here, and I’ll post pics for you in a bit!

 

Post # 6
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724 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

There was someone posting on here earlier that is doing a broach bouquet. I will try to look back and see if I can find them! 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I didn’t take pics during the actual process (and I was thinking the WHOLE time, I should document this for other Bees… but I just got into the groove and was too focussed to stop), so I replicated it for you with a brooch I didn’t use, and took some shots.

I used 22G wire, I think that’s even thinner than what you’re using and I had no problems. 

Start with 2 lengths of wire, about12 inches long

fold in half

loop around each end of the fastener

twist over as if you’re starting to tie a knot, pull as tight as you can (gentler if it’s an heriloom brooch)`twist each end up tightly

bring each end into the middle, and twist together

viola!  the head is slightly wobbly, as a real flower would be, but does not flop over.

since you didn’t ask for details about putting it together, I’ll just be really brief for any other Bees who might be looking.

I started with the centre brooch, and using floral tape, attached other “stems” in a circle around it, slowing making each one sit a bit further down, to create a “dome shape.  Once done, all the stems were different lengths due to this height adjustment, so  I trimmed them to the same length.  I then wrapped the wires with felt, which I glued in place.  I used the traditional technique for wrapping floral stems to wrap the satin ribbon over the felt. 

To hide the bottom I created a “collar” using the wired ribbon.  I pulled the wire half out on one side in order to create a circle, then wrapped that around and glued in place.  Finally, to hide all the “guts” (visible wires, floral tape, glue seams) I stuffed the whole interior with tulle.  No need to glue, just stuff until you’re happy with the look, and tuck the last tail in.

Finished product:

 

Post # 12
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1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@MissNoodles:  WOW that last photo is GORGEOUS! I’m making mine now but I’m getting a little confused at What I want… all flowers? ….all silver or include pops of gold too? …what color tulle? …and how big?!

Do you mind if I ask how many brooches you used?

Post # 13
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5118 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Misshotsauce:  Here’s a tutorial I put together. I just finished up today! Feel free to PM me any questions if you’d like, I’d love to help. It was a heck of a process, but lots of fun and I LOVE the finished product. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee

I was just looking for the link to NDBee’s posts about her gorgeous brooch bouquet, and there she posted it right before me! hahah

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