Actually it’s a DIY of a Yazbukey brooch that was featured in the Spring 2011 Z Spoke by Zac Posen show…but that title was a little long.;-)
This is unfortunately the best photo I have of the original. Img by Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com.
Remember those pieces? Or maybe the lips brooch from his Zac Posen Spring 2010 RTW Collection?
Photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse
Yazbukey as well. (Known for their pop-art and attention-getting accessories, the Parisian line Yaz Bukey uses mirrored plexiglass as their main material of choice.) Since the actual watermelon brooch in question never went into production, I was inspired to DIY my own version…though it can’t double for lasercut plexiglass close-up, it’s a pretty good dupe for much, much cheaper.
For the other brooch I bought a plastic fruit slice from Michael’s (in the floral/decorative fruit crafts section),
1) sliced it in half with an X-acto knife
2) rubbed the rough edges off with sandpaper, and
3) hot-glued a pinback onto it.
And I managed to do my nails, too.;-)
Since fruit is such a HUGE trend for this Spring…if you’re not ready to plunge into all the bright colors for the season, why not try a smaller brooch? You can certainly mimic the enamel- or plexiglass look with liberal coatings of high-gloss sealant! (And even try for a Zac Posen lips brooch…or an ode-to-Prada banana brooch..or a Stella McCartney-inspired citrus slice if you’re up for it!) And if you’re looking for super-easy, just find some plastic fruit from a garage sale, Goodwill, or your local craft store and have fun with it!
Thank you to Anita and the whole Free Magazine team for this feature! I’m so excited to have been able to contribute!
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Congrats to you, this is cool!
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I confess I’m not really into the brooches. More importantly, how did you do those nails? XD
Well, the nails themselves are just a clear plastic set that I glued mini fruit slices to. The fruit slices were bought in Japan (actually tiny logs of clay), and I sliced off what I wanted to use, cut some in half, and then attached to the tops of the nails with E5000 glue. I should probably add a clear topcoat to keep everything in place…
This seller (http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShopSakura – based in L.A.) sells the precut slices on Etsy (hers are polyclay but it’s pretty much the same thing); just cut them into wedges or halves with an exacto knife to make segments.
not to be a bitch but Yazbukey sisters are not Parisian they are Turkish.. infact they are ottoman royalty. just so you know..
Yes, I wrote “the Parisian line” meaning that the line is headquartered in Paris, not the “Parisienne line” (meaning made by women who are from Paris, i.e. “Parisiennes”). I am aware they are Turkish but didn’t mention it in the intro paragraph. Thanks for pointing that out.