Brooch Necklace

It has been a many months since I’ve picked up my pliers and crafted any jewelry.
This Friday of course is Valentines Day, and I wanted a statement piece to wear with my planned outfit. We’re heading out to the Thinkery in Austin for a fun family day. Here in Harker Heights, it’s really laid back. You don’t see many people wearing statement pieces. I wore my crystal bow necklace yesterday when we took the kids to the park and felt a bit out-of-place with that much sparkle. In Austin, however you can get away with lots of things I wouldn’t normally wear, for example this necklace that I made earlier.

Brooch Necklace | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
That brooch was given to me by a dear friend a few years ago. I have loved it since the day it arrived in the mail. I’ve been wanting to do something with it, I hated seeing it sit on my shelf collecting dust. I used vintage jet black glass beads and of course that beautiful vintage rhinestone brooch. I believe the brooch is made out of acrylic rhinestone, even then it’s still a pretty heavy piece. I love using vintage beads! When I was still making stuff for my etsy shop, majority of the components I used were vintage glass beads & vintage glass rhinestone. Anyhow, here is what the necklace used to look like.

Pink Chrysanthemum Necklace | Vintage Glass Beads, Pink Resin Chrysanthemum
I liked it but after trying it on several times, I felt it needed more beads, but all I had were the ten used in the necklace. I decided to re-work it to incorporate the brooch. I took off the chrysanthemum, added a jumpring to the center of the beads and then added the brooch.

Brooch Necklace (Back) | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Brooch
I don’t remember if the pin that secured the brooch to your garment was already broken, or if I took it off. Anyhow, I secured the jumpring to the back of the pin via the clasp that held the pin closed using a “S” type hook that I made from an eyepin. I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. I feel the beads add just a bit of sparkle without taking the attention away from the beautiful brooch.

Brooch Necklace (Worn) | Vintage Glass Beads | Vintage Rhinestone Brooch
This is a link to my favorite vintage jewelry supplier:
Bumbershoot Supplies
Now go and create something fabulous!

What are your thoughts? Too much sparkle?
Have a wonderful day, and thank you for stopping by!
-XOXO Lysa

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Tutorial: Cabochon & Felt Flower Brooch

Finished Cabachon & Felt Flower Brooch

Today I’m going to show you how I make this super cute little cabochon and felt flower.

Resin Rose Cabochon

I first ordered these little rose cabochons to use in making my ribbon bookmarks. You can pick up these pretty little cabochons at Dime Store Emporium. If there is a specific color you want make sure you mention it to Terri in the “note to seller” part, otherwise her company will randomly choose the colors you receive.

Pink & BlueSeafoam Bookmark

I had a bunch left over so I decided to use them to craft flower brooches/re-usable bows.

Ready for Gifting001

First I grab a cabochon and decide what color felt I want to work with. In this case I’m using black and hot pink felt for this pastel pink rose cabochon.

Cut a Circle

Using the cabochon as a guide, I cut the felt into a circle leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of space between each layer. I have one small circle and one larger circle for each flower.

Ready for Petals

 Next, I cut little “V” slits around the circle to make petals. I usually cut out five little v’s per circle.

Stacked Felt PetalsFelt Petals

Once all my petals are cut, I head on over to my nifty sewing machine to attach the felt layers together. I use my sewing machine because I HATE sewing by hand.

Sewn Together

I just stitch them together going over back and forth several times to make sure they’re secure. I stick to center of the flower so that the stitches will be hidden once I glue the cabochon onto it. Once I have secured the petals, it’s time to finish the backing of the brooch.

Rectangle for the BackSafety Pin Opened

I cut out a rectangle that is big enough to hold the safety-pin in place. Short enough to fit inside the safety-pin, but long enough to have sufficient space to glue the felt onto the back of the flower.

Hot Glue the Safety PinFinished Backs

Using a hot glue gun, I attach the safety-pin and rectangle to the flower. I apply hot glue on one side of the safety-pin and attach that to the flower, then apply more hot glue to the other side of the safety-pin and press to secure. The backing is now finished.

Sand the Backs

Using sand paper, sand the backs of the cabochons. I do this so that the glue will adhere to the cabochons and secure it to the flower.

Bring in the E6000Add Glue

Next, I use my trusty tube of E6000 to secure my cabochon to the felt flower. Just a dab on the back of the cabochon and then attach onto the felt flower. Let it sit undisturbed overnight so that the glue has time to dry.

Glue Overflow

This is what happens when I used too much glue. It seeps out the sides.

Glued, Let Dry Overnight

Once dried, I attach them to the boxes that I send out to my customers. Whenever a customer orders an item from my shop, I always wrap it up. I think these little pretties adds a sweet touch.

Finished Cabachon & Felt Flower BroochReady for Gifting

You’re probably asking yourself, “Why so many methods of attaching the flowers?” Well, I used to just sew the felt together, then secured everything else with hot glue. One time, the hot glue didn’t hold the cabochon onto the felt, so that’s when I started using the E6000 glue. You probably could just use the E6000 glue for all the steps to secure, but it takes time for the glue to dry. “Ain’t nobody got time for that!” So thus the many different methods of securing the flower together.

You can re-use the flower for gifts, or wear it as a brooch to add a pop of color to your wardrobe.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. It’s my first tutorial, I apologize if something doesn’t make sense. If you have any questions, just leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.

Happy crafting and thanks for stopping by.

Sneak Peek

A couple of weeks ago I sent out the earrings I made for the shop out to a fabulous photographer. I’m hoping that by having professional shots of them, it would generate more interest.

Patricia sent one photo back as a sneak peek and I’m just thrilled!

Patricia Steglinski of P.S. Photography did a stellar job capturing my little beauties.

Cascading vintage Alexandrite statement earrings.

Cascading vintage alexandrite statement earrings.

(Click on the photo for a closer look.)

This pair of handcrafted earrings is made from vintage alexandrite crystal rhinestones. They are set in closed back antiqued brass prong settings and finished off with French wire hooks.

If you are interested in these earrings, I will have them in listed in my Etsy shop very soon.

Visit P.S. Photography to view more of Patricia’s work.

P.S. Photography is based out of Hanford, California.

If you are in the area and are in need of a professional photographer, contact Patricia at:

(559) 537-9185

Thanks for stopping by.

Day 6-Obsession

Today is Day 6 of the 30 Day “Photog Wanna Be” Challenge.

“Obsession” is the challenge for the day.

Jewelry Making Supply

My jewelry supply box!

I’ve recently (in the last couple of months) started making earrings and bookmarks with charms. In the little bit of spare time I do have, this box is on my lap while I’m working away. If I’m not crafting new items, I’m surfing Etsy supply shops that specializes in vintage parts while brainstorming new designs.

Check out Two Everyday Divas, our two hostesses for this challenge.

And Flower Faerie Lives Life who is also participating.

Tomorrow’s challenge is “Changes to Come.”

Stay tuned and thanks for visiting.