brooch wedding bouquet

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Use the long wire attached to the crystals to firmly attach them to the wedding bouquet armature.  

After securing the faceted crystal to the edge by wrapping that wire around the edge of the holder and around the jewel, then weave the wire up into the center of the armature.  Secure it by wrapping the wire around the head of one of the wired pearls.

Keep it taut and the bouquet will begin to mesh together as the wires are twisted together, creating a firm framework that doesn't move.

Continue all around the perimeter until the jewels are evenly spaced and create a lovely three-dimensional border.

When finished, the jewels should be tight and don't move.  See how the bouquet is beginning to take on a beautiful look already.

It's important to choose quality flower jewelry for your bouquet, since the cheaper imitations found in dollar stores and other economy places may be backed with foil.  It looks sparkly, yet it may show up in your photographs later as black spots in your bouquet.  It just depends how the flash on the camera catches it.

I next choose silver decorative leaves to add some texture and more interest to the outer border of the bouquet.

I plan to attach them by using silver bullion wire, weaving it out of the small hole at the base of the leaf once it is on the armature.

If you have difficulty holding the leaf in place before wiring, place a small section of Uglu Dashes or partial Uglu Strips to hold it against the bouquet frame.  It comes in rather handy in keeping the items in place or even playing around with the look before you secure the jewels with wire!

Weave the fine wire in and out of the framework and over the stem of the leaf, binding it firmly to the bouquet holder.

The leaves creates a lovely edge on the outer rim of your crystal bouquet.

Once you've attached all the leaves, make sure that they are all tight and don't move.  If needed, use more bullion wire and twist it tightly around the leaf in the underside of the bouquet.

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