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. The last image in the sequence shows you how to wear it.
I have made the brooch with very thick copper wire to form the shape, which I have hand forged and then hammered, making the structure very strong. In the outer circle, I have hammered a textured detail, whilst leaving the inner spiral smooth. This inner spiral sits onto of the fabric, when secured in place.
One end of the brooch has a blue Druzy Agate, in a teardrop shape, which is surrounded by copper beads. At the bottom of the drop, I have woven the frame with very thin wire, adding an intricate detail. As the frame wire sweeps away from the Agate drop, I have attached Blue Chalcedony and copper beads of graduating sizes, each one wrapped in copper wire.
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!
The brooch measures 3 1/4" across, 3 1/2" tall and the pin is 4 1/4" long.
This item comes in a jewellery box.