Celtic Spirals Penannular brooch Tutorial

By Abby Hook

Celtic Spirals Penannular brooch Tutorial

Level: Easy
Page count: 22
Steps: 22

I was inspired to make this piece by the beautiful Celtic and Viking brooches. The triple spiral, or Triskele, at the terminals of the brooch are a traditional Celtic symbol and has been used throughout history. The word Triskele originates from Greek, meaning ‘three legged’.

The simple mechanics of this style of fastening makes it suitable to use as a brooch or scarf, kilt or hat pin.

In this tutorial I teach you how I form the twisted wire and shape it. Shape and position the spirals as well as creating the layered hinge for the pin, which adds a subtle detail. I also discuss finishing techniques for the brooch and have included many troubleshooting tips and tricks.

The brooch measures 1 1/3” across and is 1 2/3” tall (to the top of the spirals). The pin is 2” long.

As with any written instruction, please read through at least once before starting.

• 24” 16 gauge soft round wire.

• Bench block/Anvil (with sand pad – optional)
• Chasing Hammer
• Rawhide mallet
• Round nose pliers
• Chain nose pliers
• Flush cutters
• Nylon Jaw pliers
• File
• Sanding pads (3 grits 180, 220 and 280)
• Tape measure
• Marker pen
• Ring clamp (optional)
• Pin
• Masking tape


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