Well, I've never made any kind of jewelry before... unless you count the friendship bracelets I made back in the 80's when I was a kid. But, this is my first attempt at Prince Diamonds' brooches. He wears four of them and 3 appear to hold his cape in place.
|You can see the brooch detail in the upper right corner.|
I'll probably find a better way to attach the cape and the brooches will be purely decorative. But I'm super stoked how this first one came out. Now I just need to make 3 more, but I wrote down everything I did so I can make the rest exactly the same (Hmm.... I smell a tutorial.)
Just a quick run down of what I used. The diamonds are glass paperweights I found at Hobby Lobby. They were on sale for 50% off so they were only $2.00 each. The acrylic jewels that Hobby Lobby had looked cheap... however I know that there are other brands of acrylics that look really nice.
I used gold glass seed beads and 28 gauge gold wire for all of the bead work and I made the pattern into kind of a fishnet pattern -- which you can see through the diamond and that's really cool. I also like how it kinda mimics the petals of a flower... it's a nice motif that'll tie in to the Indian influence of the design.
Last I added an acrylic tear drop crystal to finish it. I'm not sure how I'm going to attach these to the cape yet, but I'll probably just sew them on. I think the wire will be strong enough to support the weight of the glass diamond.
Here's more pictorial goodness!
|The back detail|
|See, you can see the beads through the stone.|