A simple, endless circle inspired by the moon, ouroboros and archeological finds. This penannular brooch is based on Pictish designs discovered in Aberdeenshire. This version is cold-forged in lightweight aluminium and is a bigger, bolder version of my regular aluminium brooch for chunky knits. This one will work well with extra bulky knits, but is lightweight enough that it will not weigh down the fabric of your scarf, or shawl.
I was experimenting with prototypes in humble aluminium and once I polished this metal it took on a matte smoothness and almost had a lunar quality.
Cold-forging means no heat is used to form the metal-- just hammering and sheer force of will! The bottom edge of the ring has been hammer-finished, the small facets giving the piece an ancient, earthy feel. The circle portion of the pin is about 2 inches or 5cm in diameter.
The penannular brooch is an elegant and practical design. Once the fabric has been secured on the pin, the circular frame can be turned around the pin, 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.
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: http://verypink.com/2013/11/27/easy-knit-sweater-jacket/
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.