Upcycle rhinestone brooches into Vintage Brooch Bookmarks using metal filigrees and crimp ends. This how-to with video tutorial will show you how!
We love to collect vintage sparkly things like rhinestone brooches, buttons, and earrings to use in our crafts. And we think these Vintage Brooch Bookmarks are the perfect project to raid our stash!
Hi Kenarry readers! We’re Jennifer and Kitty from RunningWithSisters.com. And we’ve got a great gift craft for you — Vintage Brooch Bookmarks. In this craft, glitzy pins and things are the stars of the show, and we’ve come up with a great way to turn them into elegant dangles by adding filigrees to the backs. We’ll also show you how to attach the crimp ends and add the dangle to the bookmark. We have a video to show you how! These pretty Vintage Brooch Bookmarks make terrific teacher gifts or hostess gifts –– or just a little something for the bookworm in your life.
Here’s a video we made showing how to make the Vintage Brooch Bookmarks. Follow along with the video while we make one, then use the instructions below to make your own!
How To Make A Vintage Brooch Bookmark
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Materials To Make One Of The Vintage Brooch Bookmarks
1. Start by removing the back from the brooch (or earring or shank button).
To do this, squeeze the wire snips around the base of the pin back where it connects to the brooch. It may take a few “bites.” (You might want to wear eye protection for this!)
2. Now to attach the crimp ends. Crimp ends are specially made jewelry findings designed to be attached to the ends of ribbon. You’ll want to get crimp ends that are the same width as your ribbon. We also paid attention to the metals we used. Our painted porcelain brooch is set in gun metal so we bought gun metal crimp ends.
To attach the crimp ends to the ribbon, squeeze a line of fabric glue along the cut end of the ribbon. Flip it over and put glue on the back too. Slide a crimp end over the end of the ribbon and over the glue. Use the chain-nose pliers to press the crimp end closed over the ribbon, pressing in from the sides. It has teeth to grab the ribbon fabric. We tug gently at the ribbon to make sure it is secure in the crimp end.
3. If your brooch has a loopy design that allows you to put a jump ring through the top and the bottom, you can skip this step. If it does not, glue a metal filigree (or two) to the back of the brooch using industrial glue.
Make sure the filigree shows above and below the brooch so you can use the holes in the open lace at the top to slide in your jump rings. Let the glue dry.
4. Now to assemble the dangle! Open a jump ring using the two sets of pliers. To do this, hold the jump ring in one pair of pliers with the cut opening facing away from you. Grasp the other side of the jump ring with the other pliers. Rotate the pliers pushing one side toward the table and one toward the ceiling. Slide the heart charm onto the jump ring, then slide the jump ring onto the bottom of the brooch. Close the jump ring. Use a second jump ring to attach the brooch and heart charm dangle to the bookmark crimp end. Open a third jump ring and use it to attach the tassel to the other end of the bookmark. Ta-da! What a pretty bookmark!
Do you collect shiny things too? What crafts have you made with them? We’d love to hear from you. Leave us a note in the comments! And if you have any questions leave those in the comments too. We promise to reply. We are here to help!
Jennifer & Kitty
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