A simple, endless circle inspired by the moon, ouroboros and archeological finds. This penannular brooch is based on an Anglo Saxon design discovered in North Yorkshire. This version is cold-forged in sterling silver. 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.
I make this brooch in two different sizes: a larger, 2" diameter or a smaller, 1 1/2" diameter circle. The larger pin is suitable for any knit weight, from laceweight to chunky. The smaller pin is perfect for dk, sport, or laceweight designs. Each is made to order, one at a time, and have been patina'ed and polished to bring out the depth and earthiness of the design. Every brooch has been hallmarked at the Assay Office in Edinburgh.
Your piece will be made to order, with slight variations, making it unique. It will be tumble polished for many hours to make it strong, smooth and glowing and then patina'ed and polished again to bring out the depth and warmth of the design. Please allow about 5 business days for me to forge the piece and finish it for you before shipping.
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.
The larger copper 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) over here.