Post # 1
I am full of questions this weekend. I am working on getting all of my items together for my bouquet and EVERYBODY keeps telling me that I dont have enough brooches. At this point (and yes the wedding is a ways away) I really want to put this thing together just so that it can be outta the way. After I put it together is there a special spray that I should use to keep them from turning/tarnishing?
Post # 3
i have a question too! Where do you get all the brooches?? Are they expensive?? I’m thinking I want to have one of these too, but i’d have to make it.. i couldn’t spend hundreds like the ones on etsy are going for…
Post # 5
Thrift stores! I am sure you wouldn’t have to spray it just treat it as you treat your jewelry.
Post # 6
I’m in the midst making one myself and I hit the jackpot at flea markets. There were stands that sold beautiful brooches for $1. Ebay gets expensive because of the shipping and handling charges. Also I got a lot of contributions from my family. Hope this helps!
Post # 7
Fabulousbrooch.com – ordered 40 of 3.00-3.50 range brooches to make up the bulk of my bouquet. Yes, it was a little over $100, but it saved a lot of time and it was one shipping charge. There are also a lot of sellers on Ebay you can buy brooches for .99-1.99 w/free shipping, if you are willing to wait 2-3 weeks for them. I would say that’s the easiest — all of the flea markets and antique stores in my area were charging an arm and a leg for brooches, even w/gems missing. I hope this helps you!
Post # 8
I gathered up most of mine from thrift stores, family, and friends. Maybe hold off on making it for a while, because you can really get a lot of gorgeous brooches as gifts for holidays and birthdays, and on sale after holidays. The number of brooches you need really depends on the size of bouquet you want and how much glitz, but mine used 58. Here’s a link to the tutorial I made.
I didn’t do anything special to keep them from tarnishing while I gathered them up over the 2 years, and I haven’t noticed anything on any of them.
Post # 9
Im making a brooch bouquet myself and I found it difficut to find broohces so I’m using oversized cotume jewlery that’s really in right now. Charming Charlie’s is a great source for them, forever 21 and charlotte russe. I’ve been playing around with it at its really easy to place the wire around the band.
Post # 10
Im doing a brooch bouquet, but to save on brooches Im trying a mix of brooches and satin rosettes…hope it turn out nice…
Post # 11
I found several on Ebay when I was making mine (2 years ago), but now, it’s such a popular idea, the prices have gone way up. I also had the bulk of mine given to me by family and friends at my shower. Once people hear you are making one, they tend to send them your way. At least that was my experience. it will also depend on how you are making the bouquet (wire stems, vs. styrofoam ball), I had way more brooch stems ready to go than I used. As I was building it, I was happy with it long before I used up all of my brooches. Plus, it gets heavy! As I was making mine, my shoulder was screaming as I held it and added with the other hand. Mine, is now sitting in a vase in our living room. All I have to do is dust and spray with a little glass cleaner every now and then.