Today for my last NaBloPoMo post I can share with you this brooch I made for a friend‘s birthday present because she has received it now. It actually all started with this picture I took, below.
Matt and I were wandering around killing time in Chicago when I saw these swans. We’ve probably all seen a swan planter before, but to have two and put them head to head like swans do, and in front of that bright blue wall, everything was so perfect. When I originally shared the picture on instagram Ann commented “I want those” and then over time I started noticing that I think she really has a thing for swans. I actually had the idea that I was going to buy her two swan planters but was worried that when presented with two huge blown plastic swans she would actually be like “gee, thanks” but thinking “what a nutter, where on earth am I going to put these things?”
Then I started LOVING making felt brooches and had the idea to make a brooch with two swans instead. Easier to wrap. I got the idea for the tulle wings from another brooch online, but I wish I could take credit for that though. These brooches I have been making are kind of ginormous, so I don’t know if people will really actually want to wear them or attach them to something (like a bag or pillow) where they can just look at them. I’m not afraid of large and bold jewelry, but I know it’s not for everyone. It’s probably about 5 inches wide.
And just a reminder that the tooth brooch I made is still available on Artists Heal PH, which will help raise funds for typhoon Haiyan relief. This brooch is approximately 4.5″ tall.