How to Make Penannular Brooches

Written by kelly sundstrom | 13/05/2017
How to Make Penannular Brooches
Penannular brooches were worn by Viking women. (ancient Viking ship image by Goran Bogicevic from

A Penannular brooch is an ancient style of brooch that traditionally used to hold together cloaks and capes during the Viking and Celtic ages. If you are dressing up in a traditional Viking or Celtic costume, you can make the costume look more authentic by adding a penannular brooch. You can make your own penannular brooch using wire and metallic polymer clay that can be baked in a standard kitchen oven.

Cut a 6 inch piece of wire using wire cutters.

Bend the wire in half using needle-nose pliers.

Cut a 1 inch piece of wire using wire cutters.

Bend the 2 inch wire into a circle.

Roll a 2-inch piece of metallic polymer clay into a 7-inch long snake.

Curl the snake into a half circle shape.

Press the wire circle into the middle of the curve in the clay and cover half of the circle with clay.

Place the clay onto an aluminium tray and bake the clay in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 minutes. Let the form cool.

Bend the ends of the bent 8-inch piece of wire around the wire circle that is embedded in the clay. This will create the latch of the penannular brooch.

Things you need

  • Metallic polymer clay
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Clay knife
  • Aluminium tray
  • Oven

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