The Celts commonly used pins to fasten their cloaks and shawls. Such brooches were usually made of bronze, with one piece of metal at the head, hammered and drawn into a long wire to form a spring and pin. These pins were often decorated with semiprecious stones, beads, and coral.

In this chapter, I have provided an eclectic mix of projects, taking my inspiration from artefacts found in burial sites as well as details from illuminated manuscripts. I am sure you will enjoy creating the rings and pins for yourself and as gifts for friends and family.

spiral ring

You will need

18- and 20-gauge silver wire

3-5 semi-precious stone chips

Cylindrical dowel«ring mandrel

Round and flat-nose pliers Wire cutters


The amethyst and rose quartz stone chips used on this ring arc symbolic of healing, love, and harmony.

This ring design is a combination of semiprecious stones that would have been around in Celtic times and characteristic whirling spirals. It can be made with any combination of stones. Why not make one as a birthday gift, using the recipient's birthstone? I used only a few stones, as I wanted the spirals to be visible, but you could cover the entire surface with semiprecious stone chips if you wish.

Continue until only one coil of wire is left between the spirals. Try and ensure that the spirals ore the same diameter and meet at the same point of the coil, one above the other. Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, pull up the central loop of each spiral, so that the loops sit at right angles to the Hat spirals.

4\ Cut a 3-4-in. length of 20-gouge silver wire. Feed one end through one of the loops and, using your flat-nose pliers, wrap it around the loop.

O. Thread 3 5 semi-precious stone chips onto the wire, varying the shades and sizes to suit your taste. Secure the free end of the wire on the central loop of the second spiral and pull it tout, so that the chip stones are held firmly in place. Cut off cny excess wire and neaten the ends (see page 1 7).

I . Depending on how big you want the front of the ring to be, wrap 18-gauge silver wire four to six times around a cylindrical dowel or ring mandrel to form a coil. The dowel should be one size smaller than you want the final ring to be, as the coil will spring open slightly.

2j. Cut the wire off the spool. Using the tips ol your round-nose pliers, curl a little loop at each end of the coil. Holding the wire firmly with your llat-nose pliers, form each loop into o tight spiral (see page 15), curling the wires in opposite directions.

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