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diy project: kate’s vintage brooch knobs

by Grace Bonney

for february i have picked vintage jewelry as my diy material. these knobs are made from vintage enamel brooches, which i fine everywhere these days: flea markets, thrift stores, and ebay. these brooches have such a nice vintage color palette and pretty details, and i never find two alike. while i was on ebay i found some other good options like vintage cameos, art deco rhinestone brooches, and bakelite pieces, all of which would make great knobs for a dresser or side table. happy crafting! –kate

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What You’ll Need:
1. brooches
2. size 8/32 brass flat head machine screws (1.5″ long)
3. size 8/32 brass nuts (you need at least three nuts for each knob)
4. brass washers
5. pliers
6. epoxy or strong bond glue (make sure it works with metal)
7. sandpaper

1. using your pliers, pull off the pin fastening from the back of each brooch. they should pull off pretty easy if you bend them back and forth and pull away from the brooch.

2. use pliers to snip the nub left over and sand the back of the brooch in the center.

3. apply glue to the head of the machine screw and a little dab on the back center of the brooch. tape the screw in place.

4. let sit overnight to harden.

5. to attach to the drawer, put a couple nuts on the screw and then the washer (this allows the knob to pop out so its easier to grasp). place through hole in drawer and put another nut on back side and screw up to the wood to tighten.


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