For those of you who are attracted to sparkly jewellery and love a statement necklace how about designing your own stand out piece using vintage brooches which can be found in charity shops. You can use a broken brooch too that is beyond repair which is a great way to recycle and upcycle, or like here, use perfect ones designed in a way that they can adorn your lapel again at a later date.
- A selection of vintage brooches and maybe clip on earrings
- A piece of flesh coloured felt
- A chain necklace
- 2 split ring hoops
- Jewellery pliers
- Needle and thread
- Jewellery wire
- Glue gun and glue (only needed if using broken brooches)
HOW TO MAKE THIS PROJECT
Step 1: Lay the felt onto a flat surface and start to position the jewellery into a design that would work for your necklace.
There is no right or wrong for this stage – I quite like to create something that is not perfectly symmetrical but it does need to be in a curved shape.
Step 2: When you are happy with your design, draw around the whole collection using the pen, marking the felt. Cut this out.
Step 3: If using brooches with working pins, attach the brooches to the felt. If using broken brooches, you will need to attach using a glue gun and hot glue, then wait to dry.
Step 4: Once they are fully in place, you may need to trim the felt so that none can be seen.
You may want to fill any gaps with smaller buttons or clip on earrings which will need to be glued into position
Step 5: To make the brooches more secure, sew the pins to the felt. As no glue is being used, you can now reuse the brooches again.
You may choose to glue another piece of felt to the back of it to cover all the stitching
Step 6: You now need to attach a ring to each side of the brooch design. Split rings are easier to attach using the plyers, but you can use traditional jewellery rings too. I attached one ring to a hole in the end of the pin which was easy to do but the other side did not have a natural place to attach it. If this is the case, create a loop on the pin with a short piece of jewellery wire and attach the split ring to it.
Step 7: Take the chain necklace and fasten it at the clasp. I used one that I already had, but you can buy lengths of chain at craft shops. Using the jewellery pliers, cut the chain at the half way point.
Step 8: Position the last ring to each split ring and fasten using the flyers.
You could also use ribbons instead of chain for a different look for your brooch necklace.
The great thing about this project is that when you go to that special party, no other guest will have a brooch necklace! And I bet everyone asks where you got it from!
This is my article for October’s Take A Break Magazine. If you liked it do please share on Pinterest.