Shawl stick pin

The decorative design of this shawl or hat pin is derived from the Canna Cross—a carved stone cross on the Scottish Hebridean island of Canna. dating from between 700 and 800 ce. Although very little of it now remains, the center of the cross is in the form of a circle, representing the cycle of life. Here. I've shaped the cross using a jig. in order to be sure of making it symmetrical. The same motif also makes an attractive necklace pendant or earrings.

Scottish Beading Patterns

1 . Referring to the pattern on page 124, place the pegs in the jig. Wrap 10 in. of 20-gouge silver wire around the pegs, following the pattern. Carefully remove the unit from the jig, and gently tap the edges with a hommer on a steel stoke to flatten them. Be coreful not to hommer ony crossed-over wires, as this will weaken them. Spend a little time straightening and rearranging the unit into shape, using your flat-nose pliers and fingers.

w. Wrap 20-gauge silver wire around a cylinder 1 — }/■ in. in diameter, making sure the wires overlap a little. Cut the wire off the spool.

You will need

1 x 7 mm peart focal bead

9 x 4 mm goW beads

20 and 28-gauge silver wire

28-gauge gold me

Ready-made stick pin finding with safety end

Jig and 8 small and i medium pegs

Jig pattern on page 124 Round- and fiat-nose plws Wire cutters

Cylindrical dowel 1-1 Ji in. m diameter

Masking tape

Finding Flat Safety Pins For JewelryCeltic Cross Circle Jewelry

). At the point where they overlap, bind the cut ends of the circle with a tiny piece of masking tape. This will form a "frame" for the cross unit.

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Here, the shawl pin unit is suspended from a ready-made chain, with threaded beads interspersed along the chain at regular intervals to create a decoratiw pendant necklace design.

Beading Wire Silver Gauge

' I". Cut 3-4 in. of 28-gauge gold wire. Bind this wire around the taped area of the silver-wire frame and the top two circles of the cross to attach the cross to the inside of the frame.

0. Bind the other three extremities of the cross to the frame in the same way, until it is firmly attached.

(). Cut 5 in. of 28-gauge silver wire, thread it through the center of the cross, and attach the focal bead.

Celtic Shawl Pins

0. Bind the other three extremities of the cross to the frame in the same way, until it is firmly attached.

' I". Cut 3-4 in. of 28-gauge gold wire. Bind this wire around the taped area of the silver-wire frame and the top two circles of the cross to attach the cross to the inside of the frame.

/ . Thread the smaller beads around the perimeter of the central bead and secure the wire at the back of the cross.

(S. Push a ready-made stick-pin finding through the back of the cross, behind the central beads, and wrap any loose wires around it to secure the finding in ploce.

(). Cut 5 in. of 28-gauge silver wire, thread it through the center of the cross, and attach the focal bead.

Wire Shawl Pin Sticks

beaded bar « brooch

It is almost impossible to make an exact duplicate of this design, so just let your hands flow as you thread and bend the wire into twists and wiggles. The bar-pin brooch was commonly used in Celtic times as a dress fastening and to secure shawls. Today, it makes an eye-catching piece to complement a favorite jacket or cardigan. Note that you must use sterling-silver wire for this project, as you need to file the point of the pin; if you used enamel-coated copper wire, the core would be visible after filing.

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  • Cosimo Fairbairn
    How to attach a bead to a shawl stick?
    3 years ago

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