I think this jewel brooch necklace might just be one of my favourite tutorials ever! Made from brooches found on two lucky charity shop trips its a perfect way to give old treasures a new lease of life. Despite looking complicated it is relatively easy to put together you just need a bit of patience and some very strong glue. If you don't want to break up your brooches like I've done here you could always fix them onto a pretty piece of ribbon and get a similar effect. Here's how I did it...
Step 1. Select your brooches, go for a mix of sizes and tonal colours. Cut all the backs off with pliers.
Step 2. Work out your shape, I drew a rough neckline on a piece of paper so I could work out how my necklace was going to lay when worn - make sure you put the heaviest brooch in the centre for balance. Prepare small cord ends by flattening them out with pliers.
Step 3. Using the strongest glue you can get your hands on - I recommend Araldite. Glue your flattened cord ends to the back of your brooches and leave to dry, ideally over night. If you have access to a soldering iron, then I'd definitely recommend this method too. These are heavy beasts so you want the fixtures to be as strong as possible.
Step 4. Once dry join your pieces together with jump-rings , go for a 5mm for a neat finish.
Add a cord end to each end using strong glue.
Step 6. Attach your cord to the centre piece using jump rings. Its worth having a mix of 5mm and 7mm handy.
Step 7. To finish attach a lobster clasp and connector chain to the end of the cord, I added a little bead to really finish off, using 5mm jump rings .
I just love this so much, its a really special piece that I just can't wait to wear over the upcoming festive season. The trouble is now I've made one I want to keep going, my sparkle radar is firmly on and I have been scouring charity shops for more and more brooches to turn into these beauties. I'll keep you posted with creations as they happen, until then happy making! x
All final images the talented Siobhan Watts, Bless the Weather