Picture of Metal Shim Stock Poinsettia Flower Brooch
Making gifts is one of my best moments in life. Making something that can last forever is icing on the cake.
I choose brass shim stock to make my Poinsettia Flower Brooch.

I decided to make this one less than two inches in diameter.
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Step 1: Tools and materials

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Brass shim stock – .004 - .006- .008 - I luck out finding this material. It just happens to be in a tool store for machining application. I would believe any thin brass would work. It does not have to be machinist materials.

Hacksaw blade
Needle nose pliers
Household scissors
Heavy stock paper – 110 pound or index cards
Tin snips – hand held - large shears, med weight, small weight
Nail polish Red, Green (I interchange terms off polish paint and coating - I think of them as the same)
Leather (optional) - I have also used crafters foam, soft wood -
Bar Pin – 1-inch length - three hole - dark coating
220-emery paper (some call it sand paper)
Side cutters (aka wire cutters)
10/0 yellow glass transparent seed beads
Adhesive – clear transparent flexible waterproof non-flammable - aka glue
Wire – craft wire 26 gauge
Drawing stuff – pencil, eraser, black maker, ruler
Modified nail punch –Ground end of nail punch to make a hole punch
Should make a rose. That would be very cool!
Fikjast Scott (author)  KemikalzAreFun1 year ago
If you stick with the thinner brass, you can get away with just using household scissors. I make a lot of things, but this is one of the things they keep asking for. good luck,
ChrysN1 year ago
Your brooches are so pretty!
Fikjast Scott (author)  ChrysN1 year ago
Thank you for the nice comment.
Love these!
thank you for viewing my instructables. I enjoy working with brass and I found the trick of nail polish at a woodworkers show.