I started by creating a long pendant necklace with the big focal bead she sent me. Ema is obviously super talented, being as she made all the lamp work beads she sent. I used antique copper chain and made a tassel for the pendant, then added some copper crystals to the ends.
*By the way, if you just so happen to love one of these pieces and would like to purchase it, simply click the image and it will take you to the Etsy listing for it.
I also made a beautiful bracelet with more of the beads Ema
sent and the rustic toggle clasp. I decided to weave some of the seed beads she sent, above and below the main bead strand, to add some more interest.
I had a few beads left over, so I made pair of earrings to match. Just because :-)
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I will show you how to make this charming flower brooch in 30 min. or less.
But first, here is a short list of supplies you will need. If you don’t have these supplies, I will give you a resource list at the end of this tutorial.
- Antique brass Tussie Mussie jewelry finding (the cone shaped piece the flowers will sit in). You may be able to find something similar at your local craft store.
- 1 Swivel-back pin piece (the type with the flat side) to attach to the cone.
- Glass flowers with wires attached
- Glass leaves with wires attached, or glass leaf beads.
- E6000 glue
- 26- or 24-gauge antique brass wire. I use artistic brand wire.
- Jewelry wire snips
OK, you have all your supplies together. Let’s get started.
Take your tussie mussie and glue the pin piece to one side of the cone with the E6000. Be sure to glue it near the top of the cone and have the swivel where the pin opens on the top. Also be careful not to glue your pin shut! Put aside to dry. You can set up your tussie mussie and pin the night before and let it dry overnight. When I am making several at a time, I often do this part the night before.
Okay, now it's time to choose the flowers and leaves you want to use.
If you don’t have leaves with wires already attached, take a 3” piece of your artistic wire and thread it through your bead hole. Center the bead on the wire, bend the wire in half, and twist the all wires together tightly. Now you have a nice stem on your leaf.
Cut a piece of 3” wire and set aside.
Now arrange your flower bouquet. When you are happy with your bouquet, hold it tightly in one hand, take the wire you just cut, and wrap it tightly around your bouquet starting near the top. Don’t worry if your flowers slip out of position a little; you will be able to rearrange them when you’re done. Twist the wire all the way down to the bottom of your stems.
Take your bouquet and measure the length against your cone. You may need to clip a little of the wire off the bottom so it will fit nicely.
OK, almost done. All you have to do now is glue the bouquet into the cone and let it dry!
Drum roll please...?
TA DA! Your done! A beautiful bouquet of flowers to adorn your jacket, dress, scarf, pin, or whatever for this spring and you did it all yourself!
You can get Tussie Mussies and pin backs at B’Sue Boutiques: http://www.bsueboutiques.com
Glass Flowers and lead beads:
Instead of posting images of my heart jewelry, I'm going to share some of the art work my Wings class creates. In case you missed it somewhere along the way, when I'm not making jewelry I teach art to adults with developmental disabilities. I love these guys they are fun and light hearted for the most part. Best of all they love the process of creating art and get great joy out of it, and that gives me joy. So I hope you enjoy there work.