This lovely rustic shawl pin is an elegant design that is easy to wear. This penannular brooch is a whimsical take on an Iron-Age design, cold-forged in copper. I've added an earthy, warm rhodonite stone tear drop to the base.
Cold-forging means no heat is used to form the metal-- just hammering and sheer force of will! The piece has been patina'ed and hand polished to bring out the depth and warmth of the design.
The penannular brooch is practical and beautiful closure solution for handknits. It measures 2" or 5cm in diameter, including the drop hanging 3/4" or 3cm below the clasp. Once the fabric has been secured on the pin, the pin is then slid between the legs of the pin and the oval frame can be turned around, securing the brooch in place.
I wear mine with my hand-knitted cardigans and coats, as I prefer this type of closure to buttons or clasps that come undone. This works very well with chunky, aran or worsted knits.
A version of this pin is featured in Staci Perry's Easy Knit Sweater Jacket Tutorial at Very Pink Knits. You can learn about the pattern (and get a how-to on how to fasten these brooches) here.
All my jewellery is made by hand by my partner Mike and myself in a converted 18th century naval school on the wild North coast of Scotland. All pieces come gift wrapped.