- 7 years ago
- Wedding: November 1999
I’ve been putting off the floral aspect of the wedding because I’m not a big fan of flowers and don’t know how to arrange them, etc. But after that successful shopping trip with one of my BMs, I decided to dive into wiring up my brooches. It’s been rather easy!
My tools: A wire cutter and a small pliers. (I also used a hot glue gun, but only because a brooch broke.)
22 gauge jewelry wire (I wanted silver rather than green, and Hobby Lobby only had silver jewelry wire).
I measured out an 18 inch piece for my base. Then I cut the rest based off of the model piece rather than measuring each time.
Looped the wire through on one side (facing out).
Then I looped one piece around again, so that there was a full circle around the end and the wires both came out to the outside. I know the photo is blurry, but I used this extra loop to substitute for hot glue. Just make sure that when you tighten the loops (see below) you have the wire going in between the little ‘v’ of the clasp. This will secure it in the down position, keeping it from popping open and poking you or falling out on the big day.
Twist by the base to tighten it up, and then twist all the way out from there (I usually held the pliers and turned the brooch, unless it was weak/old, then I was more careful to twist the pliers).
Do the same on the other side, and then twist the the two sides together (by hand, not pliers). Tip- Be careful not to twist it too tight to the pin, that’s how I pulled off a side. Just tight enough so they’re snugly together and not leaving a huge gap.
This set up is really sturdy, it holds the brooches straight up (or however you decide to tilt them). Even the huge purple flower below was held up by only one wire on each side.The beginning of my collection…19 down, 35+ to go. Haha.
I definitely recommend snatching up pretty rings or clip on earings that you like as they’re very easy to wire, especially those huge stretchy rings. You just cut off the stretchy band and you have 4 perfect holes to wire up. The large purple flower was a ring, as was the teal flower to the left of it.
I’m not sure if I’ll wrap them up in floral tape or anything when I bunch them all together with fake hydrangeas as filler. I wanted to wind them all up first so I can fully move on to the next step. *I’m not big on patience when it comes to crafting* If the fake flowers are full enough, I’ll probably leave the stems silver and only tape where I need to to form them. That part will likely all be covered by the fabric and ribbon handle.
I’ll update after the weekend…we’ve got a long car trip, so I’m hoping to wire up the rest of my brooches 🙂
Who else is currently working on a brooch bouquet? I’d love to see your progress pics (or your finished photos)…I love all brooch bouquets!