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Welcome! Artfully Musing is a blog dedicated to sharing art and the techniques and products used. I'll be showcasing collage, altered and mixed media art as well as miniature. I hope you'll check back often and are inspired. Thanks for visiting! Laura

Friday, February 24, 2012

Broche' Bouton

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.

24 comments:

Kelly_Deal said...

Laura, this is really beautiful!
Kelly

cat lacigale said...

oooh a great idea ! this is gorgeous !

Pretty Ragged Threads said...

This is just beautiful. Great idea, so many possibilities.
Hugs Jackie

artbywendy said...

Beautiful! What a great idea laying it out first!I might have to try this soon :O)

BEAR's Mom said...

i LOVE this piece...
G.O.R.G.E.O.U.S.
~victoria~

Elaine A said...

This is truly lovely Laura. A very beautiful work of art!

Elaine Allen

Wax Beach Artist said...

I loved seeing how you plan your pieces and the final piece is gorgeous! How did you attach the filigree pieces together? Did you solder them or use jewelry glue of some kind? So curious, lol.

artistamyjo said...

What a great idea and it's beautiful too!
Hugs

cmoh said...

You outdid yourself on this one! Stunning!

Martina2801 said...

Stunning piece!
Looks fantastic.

Have a nice weekend, dear Laura!
Wishes
MARTINA oxo

sonya said...

This is gorgeous, Laura.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Hugs,
Sonya

Karol said...

How do you do it? You never cease to inspire us to try something new. Thanks.

Yvonne said...

GORGEOUS brooch, Laura!

Annette said...

I agree with Karol how do you do it? You amaze me everytime I open your blog. xo

Victoria said...

Really pretty piece! Love it!

Terri Daugherty said...

It's beautiful Laura, love the way it turned out. It reminds me of my mother-in-law: Sophisticated and Magnificent!

birdnest said...

Wow! Another gorgeous creation! I want one! it is so beautiful, I am going to make a few...

Whymsicalmusings said...

This is so LOVELY! You are such and amazing artist!
XOXOXO

Hester said...

Laura, Beautiful piece of jewelry that Marie would have loved!

Createology said...

Simply lovely! I like the way you laid it out and designed just how you wanted it to be. Blissful...

Joanne said...

What a fabulous piece. Thanks for the design tips too.
Hugs Joanne xx

Dorthe said...

And you can truly be pleased with your results, Laura.
You make so wonderful creations, all filled with little bits of separet art-pieces which all together makes something gorgeous, like this brooch.
Hugs,Dorthe

SusanLotus said...

This is sooo beautiful! And what a creative idea! I could never come up with something like that from seeing some filigrees... Amazing! :)

Have a nice monday!
Hugs

Sandi said...

Thanks for showing your starting point. What a beautiful piece.