How to Make Penannular Brooches

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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.

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Things you need

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

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  1. 1

    Cut a 6 inch piece of wire using wire cutters.

  2. 2

    Bend the wire in half using needle-nose pliers.

  3. 3

    Cut a 1 inch piece of wire using wire cutters.

  4. 4

    Bend the 2 inch wire into a circle.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    Curl the snake into a half circle shape.

  7. 7

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

  8. 8

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

  9. 9

    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.

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