Shawl pin from the Wire Roses Bracelet
by Karen Meador, Ph.D.
Working off my Wire Roses Bracelet design, I realized an element from it would make a beautiful shawl pin. So, I have a confession to make . . . I'm a Knitwit. Yes, I enjoy knitting with a group of friends each week. When I first joined the group, someone asked if I could make wire scarf/shawl pins. I hadn't previously done so; but I'm always up for trying.
Instructions
Shawl pins are for knitted, crocheted or loosely woven garments. They should not be used on silk or any other fabric where a permanent hole would form.

I made several different styles, but the easiest one is made exactly like the previously published flower-link bracelet ( https://www.wirejewelry.com/jewelry_making_patterns_tutorials/Wire-Roses-Bracelet_380.html). I use 14-gauge wire for these pins, as opposed to the 16-gauge for the bracelet. The length of 14g wire needed depends upon the size of the loops and the center flower size. I used 12" for the pin on the left and 10" for the one on the right. When hammering the loops, I like to give them a slight curve which makes them easier to use on a garment.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Shawl pin from the Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, shawl pin
The separate straight part of the pin usually requires 5" of the 14g wire. I simply swirl one end of the wire and sand the other end so it is free of burs. I then hammer it to work harden the piece.
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I often patina the pins.
Karen Meador, Ph.D.'s Shawl pin from the Wire Roses Bracelet - , Contemporary Wire Jewelry, Coiling, Coiling Wire, Wire Coiling, shawl pin

Materials

14 Gauge Half Round Dead Soft .925 Sterling Silver Wire
H8-14HRD
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14 Gauge Round Dead Soft Copper Wire
H11-14D
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Tools

Stainless Steel Ring Mandrel Sizes 1-15
G7-2
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C.H.P Milano Italian Flush Cutter, 5 1/2 Inches
PLR-487.00
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6 Piece Assorted File Set with Wooden Handle
G14-7
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Bench Block Helper with Steel and Nylon Blocks
DAP-500.30
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Flat Face Chasing Hammer with Wood Handle - Economy
G3-14
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  • Category: Contemporary
  • Technique(s): Coiling