I was inspired to make this piece by the beautiful Celtic and Viking brooches. The simple mechanics of this style of fastening makes it suitable to use as a brooch or scarf, kilt or hat pin. The last image in the sequence shows you how to wear it.
I have made the brooch with very thick sterling silver wire to form the shape, which I have hand forged and then hammered, this makes the structure very strong. The pin is made from thick 2mm wire, which I have filed and sanded into a point. I have created a layered effect on the hinge of the pin, by hammering the end, so that it splays outwards, then rolling it on itself, so that it overlaps. The thick wire of the pin makes this brooch unsuitable for delicate fabrics. It is perfect for chunky knits!
I have oxidised this piece.
The brooch measures 2" across and 2 1/4" tall and the pin is 3 1/2" long.
This item comes in a jewellery box.