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Topic: Girly (yes, girly) hardware flower brooch  (Read 26571 times)
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« on: December 08, 2005 08:24:14 AM »

I found some really girly-looking things at Lowe's, so I decided to make a piece of jewelry.  I got 3 sizes of mirror rosettes (those clear flowers used like washers to mount mirrors on the wall), external-tooth washers, and a couple paint samples (regular and faux-finish samples). 


I decided on a pink & brown color scheme, and I glued my chosen paint samples to the backs (the same way you'd do with a marble magnet).  Here they are while still wet:

I cut "leaves" from green paint samples and painted two of the washers.  I tore the ugly fabric flower off a brooch that came on a shirt I bought at Goodwill a while back, covered the front with a green paint sample, and then glued everything on it.  I covered the leaves in decoupage glue to stiffen them and make them shine.  The result:  girly flower hardware brooch!

The colors look off in my pictures, so here's another one.  Actually, they're probably more off in this one... but maybe you can do a little "color math" to get the idea.

And here's the girly flower hardware brooch on my ungirly zipper Superman hoodie:

The materials cost about $3.75.  I might buy another set of rosettes to make matching hair clips.  I can think of so many other things I'd like to do with them... Christmas snowflakes, belt accents, etc.  Hope you enjoyed seeing it! 
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« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2005 08:26:04 AM »

Those are great!  Very clever and pretty.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2005 08:27:22 AM »

Totally off the wall and original. LOVE IT. That's one of the coolest things I've seen here.
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« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2005 08:52:02 AM »

Bigmouth those are amazing!  I would definetly sport little flower pins all over the place!!!  So original Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2005 08:52:30 AM »

Those are brilliant. I think I am gonna have to go to the hardware store at lunch.

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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2005 09:00:02 AM »

Those are gorgeous! This challenge has produced some amazing crafts! They're so pretty! *dashes off to Home Depot....*
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« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2005 09:37:11 AM »

I really like this! amazing that you were able to make something so pretty and feminine out of supplies from Lowes!
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« Reply #7 on: December 08, 2005 09:43:33 AM »

this is a really awesome idea!!! your brooch looks lovely!
i wanna make one.
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2005 09:46:29 AM »

you need to sell those girl- too cool!
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2005 10:03:38 AM »

very cute...i love using paint swatches for crafts, best of all they're free! pink and brown are the best
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« Reply #10 on: December 08, 2005 10:11:30 AM »

Thanks for the nice comments, y'all!  I'm not big on pink, personally, but I think it made the nicest combination out of the available options.
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« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2005 11:42:32 AM »

that's really cool!  it totally looks like something you'd see at urban outfitters or a store like that. 
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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2005 11:53:58 AM »

I also like the fact that there's something slightly dangerous about them. They remind me of ninja stars. You could fling them at would-be assailants. You could quickly pluck them off of your blouse and launch an attack. They'd be the prettiest deadly weapons ever.

(we all get confronted by would-be assailants on a daily basis here, right? It's not just me, is it?)
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« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2005 02:43:36 PM »

I also like the fact that there's something slightly dangerous about them. They remind me of ninja stars. You could fling them at would-be assailants. You could quickly pluck them off of your blouse and launch an attack. They'd be the prettiest deadly weapons ever.

(we all get confronted by would-be assailants on a daily basis here, right? It's not just me, is it?)
Funny you should say that... I did notice that the points were very sharp & crisp, which I didn't expect.  I'll wear it when I carry my lipstick switchblade.   Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2005 03:26:38 PM »

Your brooch is awesome.  I would definetly wear something like that.  A little girliness (or a lot) is almost rebellious these days anyway Wink.  Nice work.
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« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2005 04:31:48 PM »

I dig it.  I used to pick out a lot of those paint swatches at the hardware store and use them for bookmarks when I was younger.  Hmm...  bookmarks made out of paint swatches...  I'm formulating an idea!
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« Reply #16 on: December 08, 2005 04:42:09 PM »

is this really from the hardware store?!?!?! You did such a great job!!!!  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: December 09, 2005 11:25:02 PM »

Before the meltdown, somebody asked about where to find the rosettes.  So, just in case you're still out there:

I found them in the same aisle as other small hardware (washers, screws, etc.).  Lowe's had them on pegs near other "specialty" type pieces, bagged in sets with the correct screws & something else.  I didn't like those as well, so I bought the ones I found in their wall of small-hardware drawers.  The drawers are labeled and have picture examples of what's inside, such as gaskets, "misc./science fair projects" (which I loved finding!), nylon plugs, and screws.  They're called mirror rosettes, and they should be labeled by name.
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« Reply #18 on: December 09, 2005 11:52:58 PM »

Those are beautiful!
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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2005 12:42:24 AM »

oh man, those are so so so cute!!
great job!
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« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2005 02:39:09 AM »

This is such a good idea! I knew I liked you... Grin
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« Reply #21 on: December 10, 2005 03:43:44 AM »

awww, very purdy big mouth. rather a girly make, and you know i love girly!
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« Reply #22 on: December 16, 2005 05:45:09 PM »

wow...i've seen those things on mirrors before, and they always look cheap and tacky.  you've really transformed them into something really charming.
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« Reply #23 on: December 16, 2005 05:48:35 PM »

LOVE IT!! LOVE IT! LOVE IT!!  obviously i am a sucker for anything girly!! Grin
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« Reply #24 on: December 19, 2005 10:36:15 PM »

I made a couple more items, and I experimented a little.  So why not share?   Smiley
A second, smaller pin:

Hair accessories (the centers are upholstery nails--25 for $.88, which makes them even cheaper than the toothed washers!)


Since I was at my craftin' buddy's house (and she has every tool and supply known to craftkind), I experimented with her alcohol ink.  It permanently colors nonporous surfaces, and she's used it on glass (I think she bought it at Jo-Ann or Michaels a while back).  I tried it on extra washers and upholstery nails, and I really like the results.  They look much shinier, and the colors are more vivid, in person.  Of course.

Can't you just see what that stuff could add to hardware crafts, especially jewelry and other decorative items incorporating metal pieces?  I just had to share the discovery.  My craftin' buddy has the best stuff.
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« Reply #25 on: December 19, 2005 10:41:17 PM »

Yeeee! I want some of those now! Grin
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« Reply #26 on: December 19, 2005 11:03:29 PM »

Fabulous, Bigmouth! Stop it! Stop it! Stop it! I haven't any more room for anymore stuff! And we're moving, & I'm broke!!!!!! Tongue
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« Reply #27 on: December 20, 2005 03:33:29 AM »

Wow, I love these too!! Excuse my lameness.. but do you sell these?  Shocked
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« Reply #28 on: December 20, 2005 05:20:41 AM »

Aww, shucks.  Thanks!  I haven't sold any crafts since I was in high school and my mom took stuff to her school's teachers' lounge for me.   Cheesy  You should try it, mata--it's mostly just a matter of gluing everything together!
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« Reply #29 on: December 20, 2005 06:44:07 AM »

Aww, shucks.  Thanks!  I haven't sold any crafts since I was in high school and my mom took stuff to her school's teachers' lounge for me.   Cheesy  You should try it, mata--it's mostly just a matter of gluing everything together!

I guess.. but I have no idea where to find those flower thingys that you use!! And I think you did such a wonderful job :-)
If you'd like to trade a brooch like that for something else, made by me or from Italy, please PM me.. the more I look at these things the more I like them!!!!! :-)
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« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2005 07:29:09 AM »

That is so clever! Love them! great job!
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« Reply #31 on: January 09, 2006 07:24:51 PM »

Since I've had some questions from people who have made some of these themselves (or who would like to), I'll just lay it out now:
Go ahead.  Make them.  Wear them.  Give them as gifts.  Sell them.  (Hey, if you can make a buck off your labor, why not? Smiley)  I mean, it's basically a take-off on the good old marble magnet technique.  So go for it!  And, if any of you have made any, I'd love to see your interpretations!

(Sidenote:  The last time I went to Lowe's to buy more mirror rosettes, I noticed I wasn't the only one in the aisle buying them for a purpose other than what they were intended for.  A couple other crafty types were going to screw them into somebody's walls.  Got me thinking some more....)
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« Reply #32 on: January 10, 2006 08:43:05 AM »

I have to say, Bigmouth, your work looks even prettier in person.   Making some of these is definetly on my (long) list of things to do.  I love them so much!
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« Reply #33 on: January 10, 2006 12:13:50 PM »

I have to say, Bigmouth, your work looks even prettier in person.   Making some of these is definetly on my (long) list of things to do.  I love them so much!
Thank you!  So glad you like them.  Smiley
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I would never have guessed that the origins of this project were from a hardware store - great job!
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« Reply #35 on: January 03, 2010 07:37:55 AM »

What a great idea, and so very cute!  My hubby is a manager at a small 50+ year old hardware store where they have the wooden floors and the old men come in for coffee and gossip. (They won't admit they gossip but I know they do Cheesy.  I Think hubby  has everything I need right in his part of the studio, gonna go borrow a few supplies. Shocked  Maybe make some for hubbys cashiers.
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