A statement brooch is an excellent conversation starter and Swarovski Crystals ensures that your accessory will be as eye catching as possible. This short how to guide will take you through the craft process and in no time you will have a fabulous flamingo brooch to wear with pride!
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First take the Felt for your brooch and draw the flamingo design onto it. (use a paper cut out as a template if you are hoping to make more than one that’s exactly the same size and shape).
Use the Gem Tac to cover a small section of the flamingo with a very thin layer of glue. Do not be concerned about the glue being white when it is first applied, it will dry clear.
Use the Magic Sorting Tray for storing the Swarovski Crystals, if you have more than one type of crystal in your design it is good practice to keep them separate in their own trays so that it is easier to find the exact crystal you need at any time.
Use the Wax Picker Pen to pick up and place your Swarovski flat back crystals strategically onto the flamingo to suit your chosen design. When filling a shape, it is best to start with the outline and work your way in. At the tail end of the flamingo glue the feathers down first and then when that glue is dry add the rhinestones over the top.
Allow the glue to dry, depending on how much glue was used this can range from 10 minutes to an hour.
Trim away the excess fabric.
Select an appropriately coloured backing material in felt or leather plus a section of thin card for extra structure.
Cut holes into the backing fabric and slot through the brooch pin, then glue the layers of fabric together using E6000 Plus Glue. The layer of card and the main body of the brooch pin should be sandwiched between the two layers of fabric and be positioned in the centre of the clover design.
Trim the sides of your backing material so that the edges are tidy.
Hide the raw edges of the brooch by sewing on a row of Preciosa seed beads using a picot stitch which will also hold the edges together.