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This fun kilt pin style brooch, designed for a shawl, cardigan, or jumper  is a fun, quick project to make for yourself  or  someone special.  It also looks great pinned to the front of a  card for a special Valentine gift! As the old adage goes:  If you can learn to love and value yourself with all the flaws … you can love others so much better!  So get out some wire, a sprinkling of ‘love beads’ and get cracking!

 

 

 

Materials:   0.8mm (or 1mm wire), selection of   small beads
Tools: Round, chain and flat nosed pliers, cylindrical mandrel (pen will do), hammer and steel stake, wire cutters, flat needle, sanding paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depending on how large you wish to make your pin will depend on the amount of wire used, however, I used 9” (23cms) of 0.8mm wire.  Place your round nosed pliers about 3” (7.5cms) down the length and wrap the wire tightly around the circular shaft of your cylindrical mandrel to create a double loop with both wires projecting straight out and parallel.


To work harden, straighten and remove any kinks on the projecting wires, place your cylindrical mandrel back into the doubled loop and holding the end of each extending wire in turn, twist and pull two or three times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you wish to create an integral link on your pin, place your round nosed pliers on the longer stem and curl the wire around the shaft until it completely crosses over, forming a circular link on the stem.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To create the hook of the pin:  bend the longest stem around the tip of your round nosed pliers, doubling it back around, approx. 1.5” – 4cms from the end.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secure the doubled wire by wrapping it around the stem and cut off any excess with your wire cutters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shape the doubled wire by pushing it around a cylindrical mandrel to form a ‘hook’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Use the tips of your round nosed pliers to create a ‘lip’ at the very end of the hook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Place your pin on a steel stake and hammer a small area (opposite the centre of the hook wire) to flatten.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To create the non-slip twisted area on your pin: place your cylindrical mandrel back into the doubled loop at the end of the brooch and holding the tip of the projecting wire tightly in your flat nosed pliers, twist the wire around, pulling it towards you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cut off any excess wire, measuring just enough to sit within the top hook. If the pin is going to be solely used on knitted garments, just sand off any burrs or abrasions at the very tip.  However, if you wish to create a point at the end – use a needle file and sanding block to create a sharp  point.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To create the heart pendant charm: measure approximately 5” (12.5cms) of 0.8mm wire and bend the wire in half, squeezing the doubled end together with your flat nosed pliers, until the wires run straight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep the tip of the doubled end wires tightly together and separate each wire out in a ‘V’ shape. Wrap one wire around a cylindrical mandrel to create one side of the heart frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Position your cylindrical mandrel on the second wire and create the opposite side of the heart frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thread small beads of your choice onto each projecting wire and secure the wires together, by wrapping one around the other.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a small, tight spiral with any leftover wire, spiralling it towards the heart frame.  Flatten it against the wrapped wires underneath.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, thread a larger bead on the projecting stem and create a spiral headpin to secure in place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Et voila!” - connect your beaded heart with a jump ring to the kilt pin and it’s ready to wear!

 

Linda Jones studied traditional jewellery making at the Metropolitan University and completed a City & Guilds in Jewellery Design, specialising in Enamelling.

In the past, she has displayed her work at various shows (‘Art in Action’ being a regular annual event) and has sold sterling silver and mixed metal pieces to shops and galleries around the UK through an agent, as well as designing jewellery ranges for a costume jewellery manufacturer (R.T. Enterprises)and currently, for the commercial fashion retailer, Jewelrycity.

Linda is a regular contributor to crafts magazines in the UK & USA and has published seven jewellery project books, specialising in wire and beaded jewellery. She is currently working on a wedding themed project book due to be published at the beginning of next year.

Her website www.wirejewellery.co.uk provides information on how to ‘get started’ in making wire jewellery and includes details of her wire & bead workshops which she teaches from her studio in Kent. She also founded The
Wire Workers Guild
http://www.wireworkersguild.blogspot.com - an interactive resource between creative designers and makers to network and inspire.

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