Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Brooches

I like to make jewelry.  Not a surprise since I talk about it constantly.  I love all sorts of jewelry especially when it combines different media into one piece.  Here are some recent brooches I made for our spring shows.
Sweet Spring
This brooch was a quickie, I started with wide polka dot grosgrain ribbon did a running/tacking stitch to gather it as I went and then embellished with a stacked Lucite/Swarovski crystal flower and a large teardrop shaped Mother of Pearl bead.  Looks like it belongs on an Easter bonnet or large floppy brimmed hat!

Wild and Retro
This is the 80s!  I did a covered base and then a twisted rose with polka dot fabric and then embellished with fun resin and acrylic beads and a bit of colored chain mail that I made with bright blue and green rings.  Fun and funky don't you think?  I actually started this last year, but couldn't figure out what was lacking.  I think if finally spoke loudly enough that I heard it!

Grow
I put this piece together after fighting with the base fabric for some time.  I embellished with felted and button flowers stacked together with a Lucite leaf and funky lime green discs.  I also ventured into the realm of metal stamping (since I couldn't find a stamp to say what I wanted).  It says "Grow" and has ladybugs on it.  Fun and bright!

left - Morning Coffee and right- Vintage Lace
The pin on the left features a group of Czech glass coffee bean beads, a lampwork donut bead made by Palm Tree Queen Lampwork, and a miniature coffee cup (courtesy of the miniature dollhouse furniture at Hobby Lobby).  It was awesome!  I made it Thursday night and sold it Saturday!  The brooch on the right is lacy ribbon accented with a group of brass leaves, a gorgeous Kabela design (Small Beautiful) accented with a vintage Swarovski crystal glued into the center of the flower setting.  It is really lovely and looks vintage, but the photo doesn't do it justice.
Hope you enjoyed the new photos!  Check out the real pieces at our shows this weekend!

4 comments:

Carla said...

Oh wow! Luv, luv, luv the brooches!! :)

Pixybug Designs said...

Thanks Carla!

The Folk Art Tree said...

Fabulously creative pins! I love to see the new designs!
Pam

Pixybug Designs said...

Thanks Pam!

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