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Pennannular brooches are common to many cultures. This particular style has been found in Viking silver hoards. I've seen Roman brooches of bronze. Co...
Take a piece of #6 copper, 5-1/4" long. Polish it, then bend into a circle with the ends about 1/4" apart.
Heat one end of the brazing rod with a stove burner or propane torch. Hot hammer about 3/4" length flat, using the metal block for an anvil. Thin it o...
Heat the flattened end to soften it. Curl into a loop which is a snug, but not tight, fit over the #6 copper.
Heat the brazing rod just where it passes over the copper ring. Leave the rod long enough that you can hold the cool end. Hot hammer the rod a bit wid...
Trim the brazing rod, and file to a neat point. Make it just a bit rounded, for safety's sake. Polish.
With the pin on the copper ring, widen the ends of the copper ring by cold hammering until the pin can no longer escape from the brooch. The metalwork...
To use the brooch to fasten two (or more) layers of fabric together: 1) Gather two layers of fabric. Push pin through. 2) Bring gap in ring down pas...
Small pins can be used pretty much like safety pins. I have a friend who uses small pins to hold her flowing sleeves out of the way at table. And my P...
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