I made this button brooch for a swap in the Marie Antoinette Mail Art Group hosted by Melanie Hall. The overall dimensions are approximately 2” x 3”. The base of is made from pieces of filigree. Then you collage buttons and other metal pieces, pearls, jewels etc. It has a pin back so you can wear it or attach it to a purse, pillow, fabric box etc.
You can see my some of my design process below. I first drew a box on paper to indicate the maximum size the piece could be (according to the swap rules). I then laid out the filigree. I knew that I wanted something dangling from the piece so I drew in some pearls.
Many times when I am designing a piece of art I will do a crude drawing first. On paper, I consider dimension, balance and composition. Then I start laying out the design. If I am really pleased with the design and if it has lots of layers and components, I photograph the design before pulling it apart to permanently reassemble the piece. That way I’m usually pleased with the end result.