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First, grab some card board. Now it doesn't have to be fancy card board, just reasonably thick. You could even go to your pantry and rip up the box from the cookies you've been dying to polish off!
One side of your card you might want blank, (the inside if your using that cookie box!) Now if you've got card that's waxy on one side you'll want to use that side for this next bit.
Second, grab some little things like beads or small, I mean tiny, shells or semi-precious gems.
You may have some lying around from previous craft projects, if not, get creative, go into the garden and find some pebbles from the soil or even raid the kitchen drawer and ball up bits of foil, don't worry about the healthy grilled chicken you had planned for tonight, it'll wait!
Third, and now for the fun part! Get some glue like Aquadhere (this is only available in Australia, but any clear drying glue will work) something that will set clear, and squeeze a dollop on the side of card you want as the seen side of your brooch. The dollop should be the size and shape you want your brooch to be. Sprinkle randomly or arrange with painstaking precision the little things you found before so they are set in the glue.
Fourth, waiting, and waiting and waiting. If you used Aquadhere you might have to wait a couple of days for the glue to dry, depending on the thickness of it, and the temperature of where you are. When the glue has set cut around the edge of the glue and there will be the main body of your brooch.
Fifth, use clear nail polish to varnish the back of the brooch. Alternately you could use the glue you used, but then you you will have more drying time, or you could even use, say, varnish! For those who reckon it's a good idea why not try egg white?!
Sixth, and the last bit really! Put a bit more glue on the back of the brooch and attach either a safety pin or a brooch back you can buy from most places that sell craft supplies. Depending on what you used in your brooch you may want to varnish the front as well.
For a fun addition to the process, colouring the card with pencils and metallic pens can be really quite eye catching.
Please, above all, enjoy!
By Banshee from Tasmania, Australia
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What type of backing would I use to make homemade broaches and pins?
By Joy L.
I have seen them made on plain, large round buttons. I think that would be the easiest, with nothing to cut, trim, or shape. Then you glue or attach whatever you make the brooch from, and attach the fastener to the back of the button base.
I hope when you get a couple made, that you will be able to post a pic here.
Bet they will come out great! Best of luck to you!
Thanks for the idea, also I was wondering if using clear plastic (such as from placemats) might work?
I didn't think about using the plastic LOL! You would have to use another type of glue, or JB Weld type of mixture. That sounds like a super idea. You could probably even use the plastic canvas stuff if you have any leftovers.
I think those are going to be super!
I make a lot of pins, and back them with felt. It depends on what you make the fronts from. Some things are heavier and would not work. The buttons sound like a wonderful solution, as well as round or metal wooden disks, and mirror circles. Good luck, and yes, please post. We love to know that our suggestions are used! PBP
Oops...that was suppose to be round metal "or" wooden disks. My bad.
Sounds like you need a pin back? I use the 3/4 to 1 and 1/2 inch pinbacks with closures you can get about anywhere. I use hot glue if it is cloth, paper or felt. Heavy materials may require heavy duty glue.
Found an idea for pins that used belt buckles for the basic structure of the pin and added a pin back to the back of it. Glue that can be used on metal is needed however. But it is a good way to use belts you have outgrown or no longer love.