Embossed Leaf Brooch - learn how to make your own brooch fittings

Joanne Tinley, Jewellery Designer, Tutor and Writer

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10 Lessons (1h 1m)
    • 1. Embossed Leaf Brooch - learn how to make your own brooch fittings

      1:23
    • 2. Embossed Leaf Brooch - materials

      2:23
    • 3. Embossed Leaf Brooch - equipment

      4:29
    • 4. Embossed Leaf Brooch - soldering equipment

      3:38
    • 5. Embossed Leaf Brooch - making the leaf

      2:33
    • 6. Embossed Leaf Brooch - making the brooch fittings

      14:12
    • 7. Embossed Leaf Brooch - soldering

      14:39
    • 8. Embossed Leaf Brooch - tidying and polishing the leaf

      4:12
    • 9. Embossed Leaf Brooch - adding the brooch pin

      12:43
    • 10. Embossed Leaf Brooch - final thoughts

      1:02

About This Class

If you've watched the Embossed Leaf Necklace class you'll have heard me say that the shape of the leaf would make a beautiful brooch - and so I made another leaf and filmed how I make my brooch fittings so that I could teach you how easy they are to make!

There are many different styles of brooch fittings, and the best jewellers will choose one that fits the design and shape of their brooch the best, perhaps adapting a basic design to make it perfect for that particular project. The design I'm going to teach you in this class uses tube to create a strong hinge and hook for a stainless steel brooch pin, and it is a great design for many different styles of brooches. The small pieces of tube can make it a little fiddly to make at first, but it is not difficult. A joint leveller, the tool I use to hold my tube whilst I'm working on it, will make the project less fiddly.

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The videos in the class focus on the brooch fittings rather than making the leaf itself, so if you'd like to make a brooch similar to mine and you haven't already watched the Embossed Leaf Necklace class I recommend that you watch that first and then come back to this class.

The equipment needed for the project is explained in the videos and also listed on a downloadable document. I have kept the equipment needed to a minimum, and all the equipment listed can be used for a variety of other jewellery making projects.

This class is part of a series designed to help you extend your silversmithing skills, building on those covered in the Silversmithing for Beginners series. The Intermediate Silversmithing classes will help you become more confident with complex soldering tasks, setting faceted stones, making your own tools and much more.