I’ve started playing with making some simple dress accessories, like pins, using wire, and I’m finding I’m really enjoying it. My first project was a number of small brass penannular brooches:
These are VERY easy to make, and a great starter project for learning basic (cold) metalworking techniques. The end product is quite handy, and would make nice pieces for largesse. I used brass wire from the craft store for these; you can also use copper wire, and I hope to work my way up to using silver or even gold (filled) wire. The wire gauge you use will depend on the size pin you hope to end up with; I used 14 ga for these.
You will need some special tools to be successful:
- A steel block / anvil or other hard surface
- Round nose pliers
- Wire cutters
- Metal file
- Chasing hammer
- A dowel or other small cylinder (not pictured)
- Optional (not pictured): a plastic mallet
Step by step:
Use the chasing hammer to flatten the less sharp end.