Hali Baykov offers here some diagrams and notes, with the basic steps in making specialized findings, including double pins and the use of a gallery to ensure there is good support and alignment with the brooches.
- Look where support is needed.
- See where it will look good.
- Decide where the findings are going to be.
- How are the enameled parts to be fixed together?
Next shape work and make the gallery. This is usually made with 1mm square or round wire. Roughly shape the wire to the piece to which it is to be attached, but solder one end only – adjust to the exact to the inside line, and solder into place. shape, then solder as it is shap ed to the work.
With more complicated shapes, cut out of 1mm sheet a piece slightly larger than the final size wanted, and shape to the work where a gallery is desired. Using double-sided cello-tape, stick under the piece, and scribe the outline onto the sheet. Remove the Next shape work and make the gallery. This is work and cut up to the scribed line.
With dividers, scribe a line 1mm to 1.5mm from the edge, and saw up to the line. Then carefully file up to the inside line, and solder into place.