Friday, August 13, 2010

How-To: Brooch Storage and Display

"A really well made buttonhole is the only link between art and nature."-Oscar Wilde ("Phrases and Philosophies for the Use of the Young")

Some of my favorite costume jewelry pieces are floral brooches.  They're like modern buttonholes (or en Françaisboutonnière), and they add personality and whimsy to a work dress or blazer.  Create a simple, inexpensive display for your brooches and pins with some scrap fabric, a styrofoam ball, a rubber band, and a pretty container.

1.) Select a container.  Purchase a Styrofoam ball that is slightly larger than the opening of the container.

2.) Measure the circumference of the Styrofoam ball.  Add 3-4-inches to find an overall dimension.  Cut a square of fabric to the size of the overall dimension.

3.) Gather the fabric around the ball and secure with a rubber band.

4.) Place the ball in the container.

5.) Insert pins into Styrofoam.

*This method can be used for all types of broaches and pins.  If your broaches have a separate clutch fastener, keep the fasteners safe in a Ziploc bag inside your jewelry chest.

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