Hello everyone - or some of you, as many have probably already left
for my hometown! (It’s always exciting to see all the tents go
up…and this girl remembers the early shows at the fairgrounds,
hanging out with all the other organizers’ kids, ogling the fool’s
gold, getting into trouble, etc etc - I guess we still do the same
thing, only now we have to pay for it!).
Anyway - several of my galleries have suggested brooches as good
sellers, especially if I can bring them in under $100 or so retail.
I don’t wear brooches, and so I have two questions.
1 - About size/weight. Anyone have any rough guidelines for what’s
"too heavy" - in the books, some brooches look big and heavy, and I
think about pinning that to my lightweight shirts and having it sag
and make holes in my fabric…any guidelines???
2 - About the pin-back. I like to make things that are versatile -
so I want to try to make at least some of the brooches so that they
can convert to pendants for my Bella Bola necklaces, which are
selling pretty well and so I’d have an additional upsell item.
Here’s the challenge - I have some pre-made 2" diameter copper rings
(like gaskets - they are open in the middle - actually, that’s what
they were - trash from a space project) that I want to use because
that will help keep costs way down. So I don’t want to make a
traditional pin-back because the pin will show when worn as a
So I thought about using a removable stick-pin for the pin part. I
could run the pin through 2 very small tubing pieces soldered to the
back. But I’ve never seen this…don’t know if it would work.
Any other ideas for attaching pins like this??? I will try to put
pictures of protoypes/prefabs on my website…
Desert Rose Design Studio