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The Big Book of Jewelry Making
Give a lift to any outfit with this bright leather hot-air balloon. The movable basket gently swings with your every step, making you feel as though you could simply float away.

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  • How to make a fabric brooch. Jacques Hot Air Balloon Brooch - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut out leather pieces using the balloon template.

  • How to make a fabric brooch. Jacques Hot Air Balloon Brooch - Step 2
    Step 2

    Glue the smaller, decorative balloon elements into place on the larger balloon-shaped piece.

  • How to make a fabric brooch. Jacques Hot Air Balloon Brooch - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sew from the triangle peaks of each piece to the peaks of the one below using a loose running stitch, finishing in a straight line at the base (see page 344). Don’t worry if the back looks messy; you will be covering it up later.

  • How to make a fabric brooch. Jacques Hot Air Balloon Brooch - Step 4
    Step 4

    Loop lengths of the thin ribbon around the bottom row of stitches and tie into a series of tight double knots. Trim so that only 3⁄8in (10mm) hangs on either side of the stitch. Paint the ribbon ends with clear nail varnish to stop them fraying.

  • How to make a fabric brooch. Jacques Hot Air Balloon Brooch - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use the template to cut out two “baskets” from balsa wood. Cover one side of each piece with glue and lay face down on the “wrong side” of patterned ribbon.

  • How to make a fabric brooch. Jacques Hot Air Balloon Brooch - Step 6
    Step 6

    Leave the baskets to dry before trimming around the edges to remove excess ribbon. Glue the other sides of basket pieces and sandwich both 5⁄8in (15mm) lengths of chain between them. Make sure the chains are parallel with 3⁄16 in (5mm) exposed at the top.

  • How to make a fabric brooch. Jacques Hot Air Balloon Brooch - Step 7
    Step 7

    Make two small holes at the base of the balloon 3⁄16 in (5mm) apart. Use pliers to open the jumprings (see page 332) before looping them through. Thread the exposed ends of the chain through the jumprings and snap them closed with pliers.

  • How to make a fabric brooch. Jacques Hot Air Balloon Brooch - Step 8
    Step 8

    Glue the final leather piece to the balloon back and secure the pin back.

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