Abby Hook's Brooch Pin, Findings & Components, Toggles & Clasps, Earwire & Headpin. Loops, Wire Loop, Wrapped Wire Loop, Spirals, Wire Spiral, Spiral Wire Wrap. Learn to make your own brooch pin.
Brooch Pin
by Abby Hook
  • Category: Findings
  • Technique(s): Making Loops, Making Spirals
  • Skill Level: Beginner
Learn to make your own brooch pin. Once you've mastered this pin, you've opened a whole world of design possibilities. This finding calls for accurate shaping of the wire, so it is a great way to practice your wire skills.

Materials

18 Gauge Round Half Hard .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-18H
  • Lesson Quantity: 5.00 inches
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 1FT
  • Price: $3.74
  • Gold Club Price: $2.80
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Tools

C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
  • PLR-487.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $14.97
  • Gold Club Price: $11.23
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Chain Nose Wire Plier
G2-508
  • G2-508
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Round Nose Wire Plier
G2-507
  • G2-507
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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Flat Nose Wire Plier
G2-506
  • G2-506
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $32.95
  • Gold Club Price: $24.71
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5 1/2 Inch Nylon Flat Jaw Pliers with Replacement Jaws
G2-1
  • G2-1
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $9.97
  • Gold Club Price: $7.48
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Medium Rawhide Hammer 1 1/4 inch - Pack of 1
G3-7
  • G3-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $24.95
  • Gold Club Price: $18.71
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Double Horn Anvil
ANV-220.00
  • ANV-220.00
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $21.97
  • Gold Club Price: $16.48
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6 Piece Assorted File Set with Wooden Handle
G14-7
  • G14-7
  • Lesson Quantity: 1.00 pieces
  • Purchase Quantity: 1.00 each
  • Price: $5.57
  • Gold Club Price: $4.18
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Instructions
Step 1:
Form the spring
Cut a piece of 18 gauge wire 5" long and straighten. Measure 1 ½" from one end and grasp with the round nose pliers, form a double loop, by wrapping the pliers twice, forming a small spring.
Squeeze the spring gently with the nylon jaw pliers to make sure it is tight and to harden the wire in place.
Note: - Do not squeeze too tightly as you will squash the spring, rendering it useless.
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Step 2:
Form the catch
Measure 1" from the spring along the long wire, grasp with the flat nose pliers and bend 90° towards the pin.
Measure ¾" from the bend and make a hairpin 180° bend.
Squeeze this bend closed with the flat nose pliers so that the 2 wires run parallel and are touching each other.
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Step 3
Bend the short wire 90° to form a straight line with the back of the pin.
Trim to ¼" and form a small round loop.
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Step 4:
Form the catch
Make a very small loop in the end of the double wire, so that it faces away from the pin.
Then grasp the wires below this loop with the round nose pliers and bend the wires round the pliers, to form the catch.
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Step 5:
Finish the pin
Close the pin and trim this wire level with the end loop. File and/or sand the end of the pin to a smooth point.
Harden the pin by giving it a few taps with the rawhide mallet against the anvil.

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