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Mars Brooch: Stage 3 FINALE

January 15, 2013

So, it’s final. The brooch (brooches, actually) is (are) done.

There are two other posts about the brooch, which you can read at the following links:

Stage 1

Stage 2

Now, you may notice the image off to the side there. The heart looks a bit different than the one I’ve been showing off all over the previous post.

I shall explain.

Stage 3: Problem Solving.

First of all, I received my cosplay in the mail. The image from the website implied the front bow was much larger than it ended up being. I planned my clay brooch around a large bow. Surprise!

As John put it: “The brooch would eat that bow.”

Brooch shown here, eating the bow with its size alone.

Brooch shown here, eating the bow with its size alone.

So, we decided to finish the one we started (as a backup). At the same time, we made a second one. Here’s what happened.

Using the foam board and a smaller cookie cutter, we imprinted a slightly smaller heart onto the foam, then cut it with the X-ACTO knife.

Using the foam board and a smaller cookie cutter, we imprinted a slightly smaller heart onto the foam, then cut it with the X-ACTO knife.

The star will be explained later.

Next, we traced and defined the edges of the heart shape with black Sharpie, much like we did for the Mark of Mars we made for Flame Sniper.

Next, we traced and defined the edges of the heart shape with black Sharpie, much like we did for the Mark of Mars we made for Flame Sniper.

Next, we bedazzled both of them. (See the size difference? Left: Clay, Right: Foam)

Next, we bedazzled both of them. (See the size difference? Left: Clay, Right: Foam)

The bedazzled clay brooch.

The bedazzled clay brooch.

The bedazzled foam brooch.

The bedazzled foam brooch.

After that was said and done (and given time to dry), we took the pin backs I showed in the previous post and decided the best way to attach them to the bow.

The bow has an elastic-like area in the center.

The bow has an elastic-like area in the center.

The pins are Hobby Lobby exclusive. "The Jewelry Shoppe Findings". They're 1" self-adhesive pin backs. It was called a 20 piece value pack ($3.99).

The pins are Hobby Lobby exclusive. “The Jewelry Shoppe Findings”. They’re 1″ self-adhesive pin backs. It was called a 20 piece value pack ($3.99).

The needle of the pin goes under the elastic.

The needle of the pin goes under the elastic.

This is what it looks like attached.

This is what it looks like attached.

John cut the adhesive off of the ones we used for the brooches, but the premise for attaching them is the same.

We used the E-6000 glue to put the pin backs on the brooch bases.

Comparison of the two brooches.

Comparison of the two brooches.

The pin back attached to the clay brooch.

The pin back attached to the clay brooch.

The pin back attached to the foam brooch.

The pin back attached to the foam brooch.

All in all, the brooch is complete. The clay one is a backup in case something happens to the foam one. Another thing I noticed is that the clay brooch is very heavy and weighs down the bow. The foam one looks great, though, and I’m very happy with how it turned out.

My new Agenda Post (which isn’t up to date with the brooch, but is pretty accurate for now) outlines my next steps really well. Check it out!

Bonne nuit.

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