- Mrs. Flamingo
- 9 years ago
- Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)
I started planning my wedding almost 2 years in advance, so I pretty much have all my accessories down. It’s too bad because last year I started making jewelry. Oh well.
One accessory that I haven’t purchased yet is my brooch. I wanted to tie my sash with a bling bling brooch, but hadn’t found anything I liked. Then it hit me – why not make one? And that’s exactly what I did! So ladies… here is my DIY brooch (with step by step instructions).
List of materials:
Cooper Wire (color of your choice)
Swarovski beads (small, medium and one large piece)
Cutters Pin (for backing of the brooch) Round nose pliers (optional)
I purchased medium and small cone shaped swarvoski crystals in both greyish-taupe and clear colors. I also purchased a galatic stone (large swarovski crystal) which will be the center of the brooch.
Step 1: I prepared all my materials to be sure not to miss anything. It’s really annoying when you don’t calculate everything correctly and you need to go back to the store.
Step 2: Using the copper wire, start making a base to your brooch. It’s quite simple, pretend you are sewing. Make circular shapes and intertwine the wire in certain places as to ensure its steadiness.
You should stop when you have a shape you like. It needs to be quite steady otherwise the weight of your stones might cause the brooch to bend.
Step 3: Now it’s time to incorporate the swarovski beads. You do the same thing as when you were creating the nesting of the brooch. Simple loop and intertwine the wire, but add beads at the same time to create a pretty shape.
Keep going until you have gone completely around the whole brooch. Verify that certain areas don’t have huge gaps. No worries, this is error proof. If you are missing beads, simply go back and add more.
Step 4: Now it’s time to add the back pin to the brooch. Using wire, simply “sew” it to the brooch using the base of the brooch. Go around several times to ensure it stays in place.
Voila! The brooch is done. I must say I’m quite happy with it. What’s great is that if ever after the wedding, I don’t want to keep it (I don’t know why I wouldn’t – but you never know) I can undo it and use the stones for a matching necklace and earring set. Recycle
Galactic Swarovski stone = $6.75
Medium sized Swarovski stones : $4.90 / dozen
Small sizedSwarovski stones : $1.85 for 6
Copper wire: $5.75 huge roll (which I already had – for my other DIY projects)
Pin : $1.00
Total cost: $20.25 (in reality it’s about $18, but don’t forget these are genuine Swarovski crystals and it’s worth at least $60)