Susan Hayward’s Brooch | At the Maker’s Bench

After days of refining design details, soldering, polishing and setting crystal gemstones, the complex brooch finally come to fruition. The emerald and diamond star brooch that was seen in movies like “Ada” and “Valley of the Dolls” was finally coming together.

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Soldering the castings.
soldering the multi levels together
Soldering the brass castings together to form the brooch.
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The castings are all soldering together into a multi level brooch. To the right is the vintage glass emerald gem.
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Back from the plating company.
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Each stone needed to be cleaned in alcohol and glued into place
The center gem was set with prongs. The remaining gems were all glued in place.
The back of the brooch was finished with a soft diamond texture brush
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The final brooch
brooch on box
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Susan Hayward’s dazzling recreated brooch was on display at the Hollywood Costume Exhibition in LA 2015.


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