Sunday, March 27, 2011

{Jewellery Week} How to Make a Brooch Board


My collection of vintage brooches has really outgrown my jewellery box, and I was getting so fed up tipping it out every day to choose a brooch for my outfit that I decided to make myself a display board for them. This is super basic and requires virtually no tools or handiwork.

You will need:
  • Picture frame
  • Felt remnant slightly larger than frame
  • Piece of batting or wadding the same size as frame
I got my frame in a charity shop (for £2.29. Anywhere else you can probably pick one up for around 20p / 20c) - I thought the faux bamboo had a pleasingly retro tiki look. My wadding is an offcut of organic cotton quilt batting (it's quite thin so I used two layers) left over from Joanna's quilting.

1. Open up the back of the frame and remove the backing board, picture and glass.

2. Cut the wadding to the size of the backing board. Cover with the felt so that there is an overlap of about 1/2" or so all the way around.

3. Slot the covered board back into the frame, and secure in place. My board fits very snugly in the frame with the felt. Clip the corners of the felt (I stapled the corners - the board is too hard for the staples to actually go in, but it keeps the felt neat).

Simple as that! I chose not to add any embellishment because I knew my brooches wouldn't fit otherwise, but it would look cute with a gingham ribbon bow at the top (which is what I'd originally planned), or an embroidered border.

While we're here, I thought I'd show you a couple of pieces in my collection you haven't seen before. This heart stick pin is one of the most recent additions - I got it last weekend at an antique fair. The gentleman who sold it told me it was made of perspex from an aeroplane windscreen - was it "sweetheart jewellery"?

The little silver Malay stilt house brooch is a family piece from the 1950s. My mother's side of the family were all colonial, going back generations - my great-great-great grandfather Henry even translated the bible into Tamil. Mummy was born in India, then lived in Malaya (now Malaysia) until independence, when the family moved to England.

19 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Happy sunday wishes

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  2. You really do have some lovely pieces. I don't have too many brooches, but maybe I'll have to hunt down some more now. :)

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  3. Yes it certainly is a sweetheart brooch- for the RAF! I am super jealous as I have a great fondness towards anything to do with the RAF and sweetheart brooches! Well done for finding that one…what a lovely collection- you can never have too many brooches, I say. Tups x

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  4. You have a gorgeous brooch collection! I read about these picture frame brooch displays in a vintage housekeeping magazine. The writer said that her and her lady friends display their brooches on their vanities and when they visit each others homes, they often bring some of their old, unworn brooches along to swap! :)

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  5. Very nice collection! My brooch collection is far outgrown my jewelry box - I was looking at new boxes yesterday, but this would be far more economical than a new box! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I need more brooches - and then I can make a board!

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  7. Excellent! I need to make one. xx

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  8. Very cute! I made one with satin that turned disasterous after a couple months and wasn't really big enough. I've been thinking of trying it again with some velvet and your post just reminded me to get to it!

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  9. Oh how clever! I must try this, there are only so many jewelry boxes one can pile up :) Also, what a pretty collection!

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  10. what a beautiful brooch collection you have! i'm making one of these for sure! (a really really big one)

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  11. What a great idea! This would keep them from banging together in my jewel box too.

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  12. This is brilliant! I've recently been meaning to work on fashioning something similar, but hadn't gotten around to it and my brooches are in dire need of a new home. (Previously they've been affixed to a frame filled with window screening. It works, but the screening has ripped in one spot!) Now I know what another weekend project shall be! :)

    ♥ Casey

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  13. This is great. Can't wait to make one. I hope to have a collection as amazing as yours one day!

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  14. What a wonderful idea--I'm definitely going to make one for my collection!

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  15. What a good idea. You have an enviable collection of brooches too!!

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  16. I love this idea. Thanks so much for the post. I'll be making one as soon as I can find a suitable frame.

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  17. this is a brilliant idea, I have 1001 vintage brooches I never wear because they're hidden under a tangle of necklaces. Great blog too

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  18. Great idea ! I love your "to my sweetheart letter" brooch . I'm collecting brooches too , most of them were vintage keyrings found in yard sales and turn into brooch by myself .

    http://crazeegirl-wears-vintage-dress.blogspot.fr/

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