Triskele choker

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Suspend the triskele motif from a twisted-wire choker ring made from the same two colors ofuire. as here, or from a ready-made chain or ribbon.

The triskele. or triskelion. is a motif consisting of three interlocking spirals. Three-piece spirals were used by the early monks, probably to represent the Trinity of the Father. Son. and Holy Spirit. The number three was also very important to the Celts, as it stood for the on-going cycle of birth, life, and death—so this choker has strong symbolic links to Celtic culture and history.

You will need 20-gauge pink wire 20-gauge purple wire Round- and Rat-nose piiers Wire cutleis

Jig with 5 small, 1 medium, and 1 large peg

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1 . Cut a 6-in. length of 20-gauge pink wire. Find the center of the wire and carefully twist it around the tips of your round-nose pliers to form a little circle.

2,. Curl each end of the wire into an open spiral (see page 15), curling in opposite directions like the letter "S."

*). Cut o 5-in. length of 20-gauge pink wire, and form another spiral the same diameter os the first two, leaving a foil of wire about 2 in. long.

Using your round-nose pliers, form o smoll loop at the end of this protruding wire. Hold the loop in your flat-nose pliers, ond curl the wire into o tig'ni spiral (see page 15). Press the spiral flat against the center of the triskele motif fo hide the wrapped wires underneath. If necessary, adjust the shape of the spirals using your fingertips and flat-nose pliers.

Thread this tail of wire through the central loop of the double spiral, and wrap it two or three times around the centrol loop to secure. You should be left with about I V. in. of wire protruding.

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This detail shows clearfy how the triskele motif is linked to both the circular outer frame and the twisted-wire choker ring fry means of ¡limp rings.

(). Wrap 20-gouge pink wire once around a circular mandrel about 1 / in. in diameter, letting the ends overlap by about 'A in. Cut the wire off the spool.

Connect the other two spirals to the frame using the remoining medium-sized jump rings.

10. Attach the triskele motif to a twisted wire choker frame or ribbon, using the iorge jump ring.

(S. Moke one large ond four medium-sized jump rings (see page 16). Thread one medium-sized jump ring through one of the spirals of the triskele motif. Position this ring between the top two links of the circulor frame. Thread another ring through both sides of the frame ond the jump ring holding the motif, so that the motif is suspended at the top of the circular frame.

10. Attach the triskele motif to a twisted wire choker frame or ribbon, using the iorge jump ring.

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Make matching earrings, mthout the circular frame, and suspend than from tight spirals with earring posts glued to the hack.

/ . Using your round-nose pliers, form a link at each end (see page 13). Using your flat-nose pliers, twist the links through 90° so that they face each other.

Connect the other two spirals to the frame using the remoining medium-sized jump rings.

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You will need

Polished stone 1 / VA*\ in length

20-gauge silver wre

16-in. length of black cotton cord

Round-and flat-nose pliers Wire cutters

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