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daisyannissa
« on: October 22, 2006 12:40:30 PM »

Hola!

I have about 5 spoons and 3 forks made out of silver that I need to use for something. I'd love to make spoon jewelry (rings, etc) but don't know how- does anyone make jewelry with silverware on here that would be willing to let me know how you go about doing it?

As for the forks, I'm completely lost, there. Is there a good craft to do with forks?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2006 12:42:00 PM »

Windchime?
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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2006 06:30:32 PM »

someone once told me they would make me a fork bracelet. but i forget who they are and it never happened, but i assume you could bend a fork into a pretty nifty bracelet. i dont know if you'd wear it but i certainly would. or you could always build a robot.
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daisyannissa
« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2006 12:41:13 PM »

OOOO, ROBOT!

Hahaha. I just don't know how to bend the spoons/forks effectively. I was thinking of just trying to heat them with my mini-blow torch thingie and then bending them, but I don't know if that's somehow wrong or... I have no idea.
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« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2006 03:33:18 PM »

i would just use my super strength, personally, but you may have to use other techniques.

have you ever watched a tin bracelet being made?
i have, and they have a wrist moulder thing, which is really just a horizontal metal cylinder (wrist size of course) and they just hammer and hammer until it shapes into a bracelet, i'd try hammering
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« Reply #5 on: October 27, 2006 07:17:02 AM »

It depends on what the silverware's made of.  Dining hall silverware, for example, is generally really cheap, and you can just bend it by hand or with pliers.  Heavier stainless steel silverware can be really hard to bend, and heating it up can discolor it.  I've used a bracelet form (a heavy metal tube) and just hammered away with a plastic hammer (unless you want the hammered texture), and it can be bent without heating depending on the weight, but heating it up will definitely help if you don't mind the possible discoloration. 

Just remember, as you hammer it, it'll realign the molecules so it'll get harder, so you may have to reheat a few times as you go (and you don't have to hammer it while it's hot--you're not blacksmithing, you're just sort of messing with the molecules so that the metal's more malleable).  You're going to need something heavy and wrist or finger-shaped to hammer around, though!  Good luck!

ETA: just noticed you said "made out of silver."  In that case, it shouldn't be too hard to hammer into shape.  If it's just silver plated, though, it could be tough going depending on how delicate it is, and you should be especially careful not to heat it so much that you get discolored spots.   
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« Reply #6 on: October 28, 2006 06:59:19 AM »

Fork can be bent into neat easels for pictures or place cards.

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« Reply #7 on: October 28, 2006 12:47:21 PM »

forks can also be made into curtain tiebacks, just bend the outside tines sideways into flat loops to be used as screwholders and twirl up the inner tines just to be pretty.  Then bend the handle towards the tines and voila! install in horizontal position as a curtain tieback or vertically in the kitchen for a towel or apron hook.  kinda has a nightmare before christmas or corpse bride feel to them.
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« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2006 10:32:38 AM »

weve had spoons in the past that bent when they got too  hot , so heating and bending may work. cheap things bend easy.. but some of those big old heavy pieces dont.   

i made two wind chimes out of some old silverware...  my dad drilled holes in the ends of them all with his giant drill press... always thrilled to drill holes in something that shouldnt have holes drilled in it.

try scooping out some really cold icecream, thats how i always bend my spoons.
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« Reply #9 on: November 04, 2006 03:45:35 PM »

Well, I'm sorry to say I didn't make this, but I did purchase it at a craft fair and it accompanies me to work at least 3 days out of the week. :-) It looks relatively simple to make -- I believe it is probably heated (butane torch?) and bent repeatedly until the "fork/spoon part" falls off (possible hacksawed), then bent around a mold, filed and heated at the ends to smooth, then small holes are drilled in both ends of both pieces and hardware/beads are added.  I haven't tried it yet, but plan to sometime in the future.  The coolest feature of this bracelet is that it has magnetic clasps, so all you do is drape it over your wrist and it closes for you. :-)
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