Using a pair of heavy-duty cutters, snip your ARC wire about a half inch from where it crosses over the PIN wire (fig. 7a, 7b). Place the end of your ARC wire on a bench block or anvil and hammer to make a paddle (fig. 7c, 7d, 7e).
Your paddle will likely be a little rough so file it down until you have achieved a more rounded shape (fig. 8a, 8b, 8c). Place needle-nose pliers on pliers, approximately 1/2” from tip and flip paddle over to form the clasp (fig. 8c, 8d, 8e).
Close the pin and inspect from the top (fig. 9a, 9b). There should be a gap between the ARC wire and PIN wire as shown in fig. 9b. This is because of where both wires originate from bead loops. If your wires are a bit crooked, take the time to straighten them.
Using heavy-duty cutters, trim down your PIN wire (fig. 9c, 9d). File the end of the PIN wire (fig. 9e).
At this point, you can work harden the wire by hammering both the ARC wire and PIN wire (fig. 10a, 10b, 10c, 10d). Your brooch is now complete (fig. 10e) – at this point, you can use liver of sulfur to patina your wire.
Finished Wire Brooch
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