(Closed) How many brooches are you using?

posted 7 years ago in Flowers
  • poll: How many brooches is a good amount
    30-40 : (4 votes)
    18 %
    40-50 : (1 votes)
    5 %
    50-60 : (5 votes)
    23 %
    60-70 : (6 votes)
    27 %
    70-80 : (3 votes)
    14 %
    MORE - give number below. : (3 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    @Corilee13: I don’t have the magic answer to this question, but I’m quietly obsessed with brooch bouquets. My Future Mother-In-Law generously covered the florist for us, so I’m locked into flowers. But let a girl live vicariously through you. ๐Ÿ™‚ What color scheme are you using, and have you begun collecting any brooches? Which one is your favorite and why? ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 8
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 1992

    @Corilee13: Those are beautiful! I like the little moth that you’ve got– I started collecting brooches for the one I thought I’d be making, and I have a lot of reds and purples too. I have a purple salamander that I really like– he’s kind of funky I think.

    I also have some rhinestone and pearl toned brooches that are quite vintage looking and I like them because of their deco appeal as well. I really love all things old– my career choice of museum work suits me well I think.

    And…. um…. I’m gonna say use 50 brooches, only because no other enterprising bee has stopped in to offer an opinion. That seems like a nice number to stick with. But I think ultimately it would depend on the size of each brooch. If you have more smaller, “filler” brooches and/or big earrings that would work, I’d guess you’d need more.

    Do you know how to put it together? What materials are you using? I tried stringing mine together with floral wire, but I got pissed off and quit, only because 1) I had homework to do, 2) I was moving, and packing took precedence and 3) I then discovered my Future Mother-In-Law wanted to gift us flowers and I did not want to offend her generosity. But I think I might just make myself one anyway, just as a souvenir.

    Post # 9
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    32 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    @Corilee13: I have that same purple birds brooch bookmarked on my computer, it’s so cute!

    I love the starburst, and the red rhinestone badge, but I’m not crazy about the gold plated one.

    I’m not sure how many you should use, I still haven’t figured that out for myself yet. Smile I’m hoping to stick between 30-35, and use clusters of pearls and crystals as filler.

    Also, it may depend on the size of the individual brooches you have too — the bigger brooches, the fewer you’ll need to make a full bouquet.

    Good luck!

    Post # 11
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I used a mix of large and small brooches, along with about 6 paper flowers used for scrapbooking because they’re flexibility makes them good for filler between brooches. The big ones are nice, but they don’t conform well to the round shape of the ball. I used a white styrofoam ball, which I wrapped in white ribbon in order to hide any styrofoam that might show through the gaps in brooches. For the stem, I used three thick stems from silk roses, then wrapped them together in flower tape and ribbon. I filled in the tiny gaps with sparkly post earrings and pearl corsage pins.

    Post # 13
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    Wannabee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    @Corilee13: Oh, that purple one is gorgeous. I think the size is good. I had originally starting using a bigger ball, but cut it back so I wouldn’t need as many brooches. I think the color scheme is the key. I had more colors in it originally, but it just looked cluttered, so I decided to go with just pink, red and white. I’m worried about transporting it, though. I have it wrapped tightly in plastic wrap to hold the brooches in place, so hopefully it will survive the trip to the Church ๐Ÿ™‚

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee

    I’m planning on using like a lot because I want a bigger one

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