Shawl stick pin

The decorative design of this shawl or hat pin is derived from the Canna Cross—a carved stone cross on the Scottish Hebridean island of Canna. dating from between 700 and 800 ce. Although very little of it now remains, the center of the cross is in the form of a circle, representing the cycle of life. Here. I've shaped the cross using a jig. in order to be sure of making it symmetrical. The same motif also makes an attractive necklace pendant or earrings.

Jig And Pegs PatternsWire Wrapped Triskele

1 . Referring to the pattern on page 124, place the pegs in the jig. Wrap 10 in. of 20-gouge silver wire around the pegs, following the pattern. Carefully remove the unit from the jig, and gently tap the edges with a hommer on a steel stoke to flatten them. Be coreful not to hommer ony crossed-over wires, as this will weaken them. Spend a little time straightening and rearranging the unit into shape, using your flat-nose pliers and fingers.

w. Wrap 20-gauge silver wire around a cylinder 1 — I /: in. in diameter, making sure the wires overlap a little. Cut the wire off the spool.

You will need

1 x 7 mm peart focal bead

9 x 4 mm goW beads

20 and 28-gauge silver wire

28-gauge gold me

Ready-made stick pin finding with safety end

Jig and 8 small and 1 mednim pegs

Jig pattern on page 124 Round- and fiat-nose plws Wire cutters

Cylindrical dowel 1-1'/ in. m diameter

Masking tape

Jig And Pegs PatternsWire Wrap Jig Patterns

). At the point where they overlap, bind the cut ends of the circle with a tiny piece of masking tape. This will form a "frame" for the cross unit.

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Here, the shawl pin unit is suspended from a ready-made chain. with threaded beads interspersed along the chain at regular intervals to create a decorative pendant necklace design.

' I". Cut 3-4 in. of 28-gauge gold wire. Bind this wire around the taped area of the silver-wire frame and the top two circles of the cross to attach the cross to the inside of the frame.

0. Bind the other three extremities of the cross to the frame in the same way, until it is firmly attached.

(). Cut 5 in. of 28-gauge silver wire, thread it through the center of the cross, and attach the focal bead.

Wire Beads Celtic Jewelry

0. Bind the other three extremities of the cross to the frame in the same way, until it is firmly attached.

' I". Cut 3-4 in. of 28-gauge gold wire. Bind this wire around the taped area of the silver-wire frame and the top two circles of the cross to attach the cross to the inside of the frame.

/ . Thread the smaller beads around the perimeter of the central bead and secure the wire at the back of the cross.

(S. Push o ready-made stick-pin finding through the back of the cross, behind the central beads, and wrap any loose wires around it to secure the finding in ploce.

(). Cut 5 in. of 28-gauge silver wire, thread it through the center of the cross, and attach the focal bead.

Irish Shawl Pins

beaded bar « brooch

It is almost impossible to make an exact duplicate of this design, so just let your hands flow as you thread and bend the wire into twists and wiggles. The bar-pin brooch was commonly used in Celtic times as a dress fastening and to secure shawls. Today, it makes an eye-catching piece to complement a favorite jacket or cardigan. Note that you must use sterling-silver wire for this project, as you need to file the point of the pin; if you used enamel-coated copper wire, the core would be visible after filing.

OPPOSITE

This brooch was mule using a mix of transparent glass and opaque pearl beads, with the flowing line of the wire unifying the piece.

You will need

Selection of green beads and small "pearls" 3-7 mm in diameter

20-gauge stertngsilvei wire Round- and Hat-nose pliers Wire cutters Flat needle file Sandpaper

I . Cut a 10-in. length of 20-gouge sterling-silver wire. Place your round-nose pliers approximately 2 in. from one end, and twist the wire around the shaft of the pliers to curl it around in a complete loop, bringing the two ends of wire bock to face in the same direction. (It should look like the end of a safety pin.)

2.. Thread a bead onto the longer of the two wires and push it up to the looped end. Using your round-nose pliers, bend the wire back at 180°, just beyond the bead hole.

). Continue threading beads and bending the wire into wiggly shapes in a free-form manner to create your closp. The number of beads that you thread on is entirely up to you. If you're using relatively large beads, bend the wire after every bead. With smaller beads, thread on two or three before bending the wire.

4". Leave about 2 in. of wire projecting at the end, and then use the very tips of your round-nose pliers to bend the last / in. of the wire into a hook.

"). Squeeze the two strands of this doubled-over wire together with your flat-nose pliers. Fold the wire once more, and squeeze the doubled-over section together again with your flat-nose pliers.

(). Using the tips of your round-nose pliers, bend this folded wire up at right angles and then bend the top section at right angles again to make a small hook.

How Make Wire Shawl Pin

/ . Straighten the wire pin (the section not threaded with beads) by stretching and pulling it out while holding the other end firmly in your flat-nose pliers. Cut off any excess, as the pin only needs to extend just past the hook fastener. Twist the doubled loop from Step 1 up through 90* so »hot it's at right angles to the beaded section.

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Ijcperiment with different sizes and colors of heads— or ity making head pendant drops to suspend from the wire, as in the purple brooch shown below.

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(S. File the very end of the pm to o point ond sandpaper the end for a smooth finish.

9. Adjust the beads and structure of the brooch with your fingers until you are satisfied with the overall shape.

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