Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Penannular Pins: Living Antiquity

Celtic-Irish Penannular Brooch, Circa 6th Century AD

Originating in ancient Roman and Celtic cultures circa 200 AD, penannular brooches became widespread throughout Britain and northern European regions. In medieval times, ornate versions of penannular pins appeared with variations in shape, etched or stamped patterns, and application of jewels. These functional brooches became status symbols that conveyed the rank and wealth of the wearer. Today, the penannular pin is sometimes referred to as Celtic Brooch or Viking Cloak Pin. 

Used to fasten clothing, penannular brooches are forged metal rings or hoop-shapes with a small gap, and a movable attached pin.  The attached pin slides along the outer ring and slips through the opening. The pin is pushed through the layers of fabric and then slipped through the gap, securing the clothing within the ring. (Scroll down for instructions)

Modern Penannular Pin, 2009, by Andria Senini
My version of this medieval brooch is forged of copper, then hardened for several hours in a tumbler.  
Celtic Inspired Copper Brooch, 2007 by Andria Senini
These pins are the perfect gift, being affordable, functional and so elegant. They're intended for use with knitted or woven scarves, shawls and wraps, or cardigans. They're sturdy and perfect for heavy to medium weight fabrics.   
River Dance Penannular Pins, 2008, by Andria Senini

How to Use a Pennanular Pin:  Insert the pin through the layers of fabric, then align the pin with the opening & push it underneath the ring. Turn the ring so the pin is approximately perpendicular to the opening

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