Crystal Bridal Bouquet

Attaching Bouquet Jewelry to the Frame

Securely attaching your crystals, pearls and other bouquet jewelry to the bouquet frame is important.  There are several ways to approach this without damaging precious heirlooms in the process.

First see how the circular pattern on the armature gives you a guideline on spacing out your larger brooches and crystals.  You certainly have the freedom to mix or match sizes, but this general guide will help you sort out how to balance the look of your bouquet jewelry.

I generally use Bullion wire to attach and secure each piece that makes up the crystal bouquet.  Don't feel you have to stay with only silver or gold.  Colored Bullion wire can add lots of interest to the overall design.  This wire is a fine 28 gauge and comes in 13 colors.  This spool has a generous 820 foot to a spool and is more than enough to do several bouquets.

To attach family heirloom brooches or jewels that don't already come with a pin stem, you can use the "Spot On" by Fitz Design shown below.  These handy stems have a flat metal disk at the top with a small hold pre-drilled for ease in wiring. 

These are also perfect for using with the Uglu adhesive shown below in the next photograph.  It will hold the jewels securely, but not damage them.  It can be removed later if you wish to use remove the brooches from the crystal bridal bouquet later.

I sometimes take advantage of Oasis Uglu to attach some of the brooches or larger jewels.  It comes in strips, a roll and dashes (small sections on a paper strip.) 

I personally like the 1" x 3" adhesive strips.  Although professional florists have to buy an entire box of 250 strips, I do make available bags of 50 for smaller projects and other uses for the DIY bride.

Non-toxic and acid free, this unique adhesive bonds securely to most any surface, yet it's easy to peel off if you don't like the placement or want to remove the jewels later without damaging them.

Simply peel the protective paper backing off and press the adhesive (sticky side) to the armature.  Then carefully peel off the other paper backing.  Then press your brooch or crystals directly to the adhesive.

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