CELTIC PENANNULAR BROOCH

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A Celtic brooch, called also penannular brooch, made with a scrap piece of thick copper wire.

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(from wikipedia) Penannular: ("Annular" means formed as a ring and "penannular" formed as an incomplete ring) brooches feature a long pin attached by its head to a ring; the pin can move freely around the ring as far as the terminals. There is a gap between the terminals wide enough for the pin to pass through. Beginning as utilitarian fasteners in the Iron Age and Roman period, and in Ireland and Scotland from about 700 to 900, which are popularly known as Celtic brooches or similar terms. The brooches were worn by both men and women, usually singly at the shoulder by men and on the breast by women.

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erosser

3 years ago

Very cool! I love these brooches, and had never thought to make one--you make it super-simple to follow along!

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bartworker

3 years ago

Very well done marcellahella! Simplicty at its best, I just love it!

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Cairnz

3 years ago

Oh, thank you! I knew I was going to need to make something to hold closed the wrap my dear daughter in law knitted and sent to me. This will be just perfect! I love that it's all in one piece as we have and foster Cairn Terriers and I wouldn't want one to swallow a small piece!

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marcellahellaCairnz

Reply 3 years ago

You are welcome! If you do let me know how they turn out!

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Cairnz

3 years ago

Oh, thank you! I knew I was going to need to make something to hold closed the wrap my dear daughter in law knitted and sent to me. This will be just perfect! I love that it's all in one piece as we have and foster Cairn Terriers and I wouldn't want one to swallow a small piece!

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ilpug

3 years ago

So, you annealed the copper to soften it, can you heat treat it to make it harder?

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marcellahellailpug

Reply 3 years ago

I don't know about heat treat it to make it harder, but when you hammer it, it became super hard again.

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ilpugmarcellahella

Reply 3 years ago

True, work hardening would for sure do it, especially with copper.

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hippiechk

3 years ago

Awesome! Enter this in the jewelry contest...gets my vote!

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Edbed

3 years ago

Great instructable. I love the simple elegance of the finished brooch.

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mlawing

3 years ago

Are you using any kind of finish to keep the copper from turning green?

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marcellahellamlawing

Reply 3 years ago

No, I like the natural patina that copper get after a wile. Also copper items generally don't turn green if they don't get wet, just a darker color patina.

Also for example bracelets and rings if they get used a lot they stay super polished naturally, for some reason. They may just leave some green on the finger, that I don't mind.

But there is many waxes and other product available, if you like a shiny look.

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marcellahellamlawing

Reply 3 years ago

No, I like the natural patina that copper get after a wile. Also copper items generally don't turn green if they don't get wet, just a darker color patina.

Also for example bracelets and rings if they get used a lot they stay super polished naturally, for some reason. They may just leave some green on the finger, that I don't mind.

But there is many waxes and other product available, if you like a shiny look.

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suprspi

3 years ago

I've made some of these in the past when I was involved with an historical society. I haven't done it in a long time, and this seems like a nice quick gift I can make in the days before Christmas.

great 'ible!