A hand-made brooch with a small bunch of roses made of leather and fur will bring an elegant winter touch to your usual wardrobe, give a sense of celebration and attract the looks of others! Due to its laconic size and small volume, it can be worn under outerwear - both on an elegant dress and on a warm knitted sweater. Also, such a brooch is not afraid of atmospheric precipitation, so it can be used to decorate a headdress or coat.
To make such a colorful decoration, no special skills, tools or expensive materials are required. And just small pieces of white leather and fur. Set aside the largest pieces for gluing and a bow immediately before starting work (focus on the patterns).
You will need:
- white leather of medium thickness (0.4-0.7 mm);
- white fox fur;
- PVA glue;
- white stamens for flowers;
- brooch pin 3.2-3.8 cm wide;
Bouquet of roses
1-3. For such a bunch of roses, you don't need a lot of leather - you can use very small shreds. According to the templates, cut 4-5 petals of sizes A and B for each rose (templates for petals and leaves are given in full size).
4-6. Then process the semicircular edge of each petal over the candle flame so that the petal bends and takes a three-dimensional appearance. Perform this operation with tweezers, carefully and briefly bringing the petal to the fire (slightly and not too close) so that the edge does not burn and the wrong side does not have time to smoke. This is especially important when working with white leather - you may have to spoil a few pieces without a habit before you achieve a good result.
7-9. From the smallest petals, choose the one with the most beautiful edge for the middle of the rose and, smearing the straight edge of the petal with glue from the wrong side, roll it into a bud.
10. The rest of the petals will be greased with glue along the edge from the front side.
11-12. Wrap the second petal of a small size completely over the bud, so that it is above the middle.
13-14. Attach the next petal to the workpiece, starting from the middle of the previous petal - in a checkerboard pattern.
15-19. Thus, increase the volume of the rose, using first the petals of size A, then - size B. At the same time, make sure that the middle is buried in the petals, and does not climb over it. Otherwise, it will no longer be a rose, but a bump.
20-21. After gluing all the petals, cut off the excess skin from the seamy side with scissors or a breadboard knife to form a flat area. After that, collect all the flowers together, trying to fit them well with each other.
22-23. Then, taking and lifting them with the fingers of one hand, generously grease the wrong side with glue where the flowers touch. You can also join them together with a piece of leather smeared with glue. After that, put the bunch on a smooth surface, straighten it and leave to dry in the desired position for a day.
At this time, make a fur base for the brooch.
24-25. Cut out a circle with a diameter of 4 cm from cardboard (I used a ready-made circle - a children's play cardboard chip). Using the template, which is a half of a cardboard circle, cut out 2 parts from the fur of the arctic fox (the pile should be directed upward from the base of the semicircle).
26-27. Now glue the two halves on a cardboard base, and use a small brush to comb the fur in a circle.
30. Cut out a random circle from thin unnecessary leather and glue it in the center of the front side of the workpiece. While the glue is still wet, comb out the fur well from the front and back sides so that it takes an even position in a circle.
31-32. From the scraps left over from cutting the petals, cut out the leaves for the bouquet - starting with the largest size.
33-34. Soak the leaves in an aqueous solution of PVA glue (or grease them with a solution from the wrong side) and twist them into a flagellum with your fingers. Then unfold the dried leaves and, without smoothing, leave until completely dry. At this time, you can start making a bow.
36-37. Cut 2 rectangles out of leather (bow and dressing), as well as a detail of the bow ties. The pattern shows approximate sizes - they can be varied, depending on the size of the bouquet. In this case, the rectangles for the bow and the middle should be 2 times wider than the finished parts.
At the rectangle for the bow, grease the short cuts with glue, bend them to the middle and glue. At the dressing rectangle, grease the long sections with glue and fold them towards the middle and glue them. Blot the prepared parts with a soft cloth.
38. Now turn the bow upside down and, holding the middle with your fingers, squeeze it so that a horizontal fold forms in the center. Lightly drip glue in the center of the bow on both sides of the fold and press the sides with a clip until the glue dries. Also, drop the glue in the middle of the "ties", fold them in half and fix with a clip until the glue dries.
39-40. Now glue the ties under the bow and position the piece as shown in the photo - wrong side and ties up. Glue the detail of the dressing with one end to the center of the bow and, wrapping the dressing with the bow, fix it with glue from the wrong side. We have got a bow with a ponytail, which is needed for better fixation in the composition.
41-42. Take the largest leaves and stick them on the base of the brooch in 2 rows, smearing only the base of the leaf with glue. Here you can also use leaves from another, elegant or thicker leather.
43. At the bottom of the brooch, glue a bow, after attaching a bunch of roses and marking the desired location.
44. Also, in addition to a bouquet, we prepare various decor - flower stamens (folded in half in a bunch), "noodles", curls, sharp "thorns", etc.
45. Applying a bouquet with roses to the composition, outline how best to arrange the decor, and glue it to the base.
46. When all the accents are set, grease the middle of the base with glue, as well as the area at each rose, and attach the bouquet to the base. Press the bouquet lightly with your palm and hold for a while for better fixation. Now look where you can add small leaves, glue them between the roses and the base with tweezers. After that, leave the work for a day until it dries completely.
47-48. It remains only to arrange the back of the brooch and attach the clasp. To do this, cut a circle with a diameter of 5 cm out of leather (preferably with zigzag scissors) and mark the places for the holes along the width of the pin (the location of the fastener must be shifted a little higher from the center, otherwise the brooch will bulge out from above). Punch holes in the marked places and insert a brooch pin from the wrong side.
49. Now grease this detail with glue and, applying the brooches from the wrong side, press with a soft cloth and leave to dry completely.
50. Now comb the fur with a brush and try on the brooch to your outfits!