Does anybody know any sources for cloak pins, that is designs
and techniques? I'm not fussy, I'm interested in anything out
there, from any time or culture.
Richard, funny you should ask … Last year I had the pleasure of
meeting an artist by the name of Bruce Pringle. He works in
bronze,steel, wood and silver from his workshop in Tasmania
Australia. His interests in Celtic culture lead him to making cloak
pins.These are made out of steel.
Some of his work is absolutely brilliant. The cost of the pins are
from $65 Australian (approx $32 US), too cheap if you ask me. From
this you should be able to see how the designs work and make your
own versions. He has one very interesting form of clip that has to
be seen working to make sense of it.
As I write for a magazine (Metal Stone and Glass) here in Australia,
I tried to interest him in advertising his abilities by showing
others how his pins are done in an article. But his interests have
since moved to other larger pieces and he has little time.
Should you wish to contact him or buy some of his work please
contact me off list. I can also help by sending you my research in
hardened sterling silver cloak pins based on his work. I have a
three-quarter finished article on the subject, should you be
interested. All credit goes to Bruce for the article as he inspired
William Russell in tropical North Queensland Australia, where the grass
is greener all the time.