Post # 1
I’m currently in the middle of helping a friend plan her wedding on 10-10-10. I’m super excited to help her – but she just put an impossible task to me!
Her Future Sister-In-Law sent her a link from OBB for Vintage Brooch bouquet. And she fell in love.
She really wants one – and wants me to make it! But I can’t for the life of me figure out how the heck I would make one of these! Does anyone have any ideas?
Thanks in advance hive!!
Post # 3
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
… 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
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
Here’s an etsy designer who makes them (in Birmingham, England) by Buttonmoonbouquet.
Price was quoted for between 85-137 british pounds.
Post # 7
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
… duh, Bellenga, why didn’t I think of that?
Post # 9
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
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 # 11
Thanks for the advice so far. I did send her etsy inspiration pictures – but she really seems to love the ones that are entirely brooches and they’re not so easy to find! It’s going to be expensive – but Rachel (the bride I’m helping) will be getting most of the brooches. I’ll pick them up as I see them but I’m already undertaking a lot with this wedding as a wedding gift to her and Alex so I’m not so sure I could afford to buy them all!
I’m going to try to convo some of the etsy sellers to get a feel for what they’re doing – but I know she isn’t entirely a fan of any of these! I don’t mind helping her and we have until October … though I want to have it done by the end of August!! I’m sure we can do this.
@Cybele – thanks for those links! I can’t see the first one because I’m at work and photobucket is blocked but i’ll be taking a closer look at it and probably trying to get in touch with the bride. Also I love love love the second link and am sending it off to her – maybe she’ll like the fabric rosettes to start and fill it out!!
@KMSULL-I’m not entirely sure they all have to be vintage – good thing to note though, I’ll be sure to ask Rachel how she feels about the vintage “look” of some newer pins. As far as filler goes – she mostly just wants brooches but I believe earrings, charms, etc could work as well – I’m hoping to talk her into the fabric rosettes and we can start there … we shall see! I’ll keep you updated on the progress, though, and even ask her if she wants to sell some of the brooches to you when we’re all done!
@bellenga – she’s not in love with the etsy ones – it’s a great suggestion, and I appreciate it, but Rachel is crafty and I feel like we’ll be working on this more together than just me (plus I’m not buying most of this stuff). The picture you posted is great – but she’s not into the buttons!
@Frenzy – you’re right – other kinds of jewelry would be great! This is where her grandmother, my grandmother, and thrift shops are going to come in handy!!
This may seem like a big undertaking but i’m not too worried about the time, etc! I know she really wants it and she’s not having a bridal party because her fiance couldn’t choose between two friends for the Best Man and, well, it’s complicated. But at the same time our friend Becca and myself are doing alot of the work a bridal party might do! So just one bouquet – I think this is doable!
Post # 12
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
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
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!
Post # 15
Good call on the earrings Vistagirl – I will definitely let everyone know how it comes out! I’m really excited to help her/start it/whatever exactly she wants me to do! I told her I’d start doing the research and we’ll take it from there – since I live 45 minutes from her it’ll be tough to do together but I think it can be done!
@AzinAugust – I might have to try the pipecleaners. I just worry about the brooches being too heavy!
Post # 16
Check out this seller’s store on etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Croska?section_id=6077769
I saw another bee post this site: http://www.sammoon.com/web3/product.asp?view_all=yes&sub=sub3&cat=jewelry&tempcat=spring which has some pretty cheap pins.
I thought about this, but instead, I am going to insert one into my bouquet.
Will you post pictures once it’s done?