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Tutorial Tuesday: Gothic (Halloween) brooch

October 27, 2009

As far as I’m concerned, Halloween is an awesome holiday. You dress up, people give you lots of candy, and you carve pumpkins, all in the name of a pagan tradition. I’m not into the super-corny orange and black Halloween decorations as apparel, but a little bit of Halloween spirit can be fun. Thus this week’s DIY project is Halloween appropriate, but it can also be worn year-round without looking like you’ve forgotten what month it is. It’s inspired by a pin made by Marquis & Camus, but I put my own spin on it.
The inspiration:

Mine:


Materials:
White shrink plastic
Sharpie pens
Ribbon (~1.5 ft)
Various chains, beads, and baubles
Pinback
Glue
Needle and Thread
Oven (or toaster oven)

Methods:
1. Print out your design and trace it on the shrink plastic (or draw it freehand, but I’m not that talented). Follow the directions that came with your plastic and bake it up. I photoshopped a google-image-sourced photo of a raven, which you’re welcome to use as well. It’s not high-res, but it doesn’t matter because you’re tracing it.

Tracing…

Cut out…

Covered with parchment paper…

Shrunk!

Now set your raven cameo aside to deal with your ribbon.

2. Fold and glue your ribbon. I used Martha Stewart’s tuxedo bow instructions as a starting point. First, cut a piece of ribbon about 8 inches long. Overlap the cut edges by half an inch and glue them to make a loop.

Now cut another piece of ribbon of about the same length and wrap it around the middle of the loop as shown, leaving a tail.

Now flip up the bottom tail and wrap it around the loop again.

Glue everything in place, and this is what you should have now:

3. Attach your chain and beads by sewing them to the back of the ribbon with a needle and thread. Make sure you only sew through the back loops of the ribbon. I added a couple of dabs of glue after I was done sewing, just to make them extra secure.

Back:

Front:

4. Glue your shrink plastic cameo to the front center of the bow.

5. Glue a pinback to the back of the bow.

6. After the glue has dried, cut out a triangle from the end of your ribbon tail.

Results:

Looking for more tutorials and DIY projects? Check out my What I Made page!

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. October 27, 2009 5:18 pm

    i am inspired. this is really cool.

  2. Jocelyn permalink
    July 7, 2010 11:07 am

    Love it, but think I might have it as a necklace instead!

  3. musicsavesourlifes permalink
    October 19, 2011 8:31 am

    I love it!!!

    thank U for the tutorial

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