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Topic: Fork bracelets: thanks St. Vigilio!! :D (huge imgs)  (Read 25440 times)
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OpheliaITA
« on: June 29, 2008 08:32:06 AM »

During the last two weeks here in Trento (Noth Italy, in the Dolomites), we have celebrated St. Vigilio's day (in italian: http://www.festevigiliane.it/index.php)... a sort of St. Patrick's day, but instead of beer there were wine, strauben (typical cakes) and tapas (I don't really understand why spanish food... but whatever..). The celebration, in medieval theme, is formed by markets, concerts, the epic fight between Ciusi and Gobj for the polenta (Ciusi and Gobj are the citizens of Trento and Feltre, another town near here, and the fight is for the conquest of another typical noth Italian food: the polenta - made with water and yellow flour), the satiric process to local politics or famous people and their funny symbolic punishment (the "tonca": they are fallen into the town river in a wood cage) and the "palio dell'oca", the prize of the goose, a challenge on the river between 60 rafts.
Why this long story?
Because in the flea market I saw an old man who was making wonderful fork bracelets... that were sold at 50 euros (more than 70 dollars I think)!!! Too much for my budget... but I fell in love with those bracelets!!
Sooooo, I controlled in Craftster.org if some of you creative craft-people have made bracelets like the ones I saw... and... ta-daaaaa... I found this: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=211713.0

I tried... and... here we have the result!!!! I'm so proud!

The first made with two little decorated dessert forks and dragonflies recycled from old earrings.







The second one made with a big fork, blue stone heart and white beads.






Hope you like them! Tell me what you think!
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Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2008 08:41:36 AM »

i love love love them! Cheesy

what you did with the beads looks great - really adds to the whimsical design.

how did you do the first one, with the two forks? did you solder the ends together? it looks really pretty!
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2008 08:45:12 AM »

GORGEOUS! Cheesy  They look very delicate and regal. 
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2008 08:49:59 AM »

Those are so fabulous!
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2008 09:01:28 AM »

I am such a sucker for repurposed silverware!  They look amazing.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2008 09:05:54 AM »

Thank you guys! I'm really glad you like them!:D


how did you do the first one, with the two forks? did you solder the ends together? it looks really pretty!

ehehe.. my daddy was foundamental for this operation: I have bent the forks in a way to make coincide the ends and overlap them, than my dad made a little hole in the center through both of the forks and we have joined them with a kind of metallic button (in Italian is called "rebattino" but neither my dictionary can find a translation Tongue ). I post you a picture!



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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2008 09:07:16 AM »

LOVE them! Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2008 09:08:44 AM »

Those are absolutely brilliant, I'd never thought of making jewellery out of forks! *hits This Rocks*
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2008 10:13:33 AM »

I love the way you bent the prongs of the fork! I wish I had some of these...hmmm.... *goes to look for old silverware*
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2008 10:22:01 AM »

Wow I love it!!! I's wear those for sure! And I don't really wear jewelry
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« Reply #10 on: June 29, 2008 10:44:19 AM »

Those are too beautiful for words...
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« Reply #11 on: June 29, 2008 10:52:14 AM »

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« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2008 12:23:13 PM »

its amazing.....
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« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2008 12:27:25 PM »

These are the best for bracelets I have seen - SOO creative.
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« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2008 12:59:55 PM »

Thank you guys! I'm really glad you like them!:D


how did you do the first one, with the two forks? did you solder the ends together? it looks really pretty!

ehehe.. my daddy was foundamental for this operation: I have bent the forks in a way to make coincide the ends and overlap them, than my dad made a little hole in the center through both of the forks and we have joined them with a kind of metallic button (in Italian is called "rebattino" but neither my dictionary can find a translation Tongue ). I post you a picture!


Rivet!  Thank you, 8th grade shop class!
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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2008 01:16:43 PM »

How beautiful is that!!  I would sooo buy the one with the dragonflies!  You did an awesome job!!
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2008 01:29:31 PM »

That is the prettiest fork bracelet I've ever seen!!

I remember them being popular in the 70's when I was just a little girl.
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2008 01:38:59 PM »

Bellissimi!!!!!\beautiful!

Another Italian craftster yay!
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« Reply #18 on: June 29, 2008 01:58:39 PM »

I was looking at that post this time last week! I tried so hard to one make last Monday - yours are far, far better than mine which ended up in the rubbish after much cursing and blistering of my palms. You've inspired me to try again. Rivets. Maybe I'll try rivets.
I too have seen them for sale, although in Covent Garden in London and they were amazingly expensive, 45.00 I think was the cheapest bracelet and nowhere near as beautiful as yours.
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« Reply #19 on: June 29, 2008 06:49:32 PM »

WOW!!! Those are absolutely gorgeous! Unlike others, I'd never seen those type of bracelets embellished with bead, etc. Yours are soo beautiful! Nice work!!
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« Reply #20 on: June 29, 2008 08:17:00 PM »

wow. fancy forks!
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« Reply #21 on: June 29, 2008 08:21:01 PM »

I love, Love, LOVE all the curlicues!!
How did you ever get them smooth enough so that they don't snag your clothes?

And from the other thread: Do you have super strong hands?,
Or, what is your secret to getting all those twists into the forks' tines?
Any secrets or words of encouragement for the rest of us?
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« Reply #22 on: June 30, 2008 01:21:48 AM »

Wow great design. Love the butterfly design.
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« Reply #23 on: June 30, 2008 01:51:01 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous! Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: June 30, 2008 02:03:34 AM »

Amazing!!! did you use a blowtorch to bend them? I once see a man making them with a blowtorch at the "Fiera dell'artigianato" in Milan  Smiley if so I guess I'll just have to buy one because I definitely want to make them too!
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« Reply #25 on: June 30, 2008 02:03:57 AM »

Oh wow, those are beautiful. amazing work!
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« Reply #26 on: June 30, 2008 03:18:15 AM »

Oh my gosh!!! Shocked How many beautiful comments!!!  Grin Wow!! Thank you all... you are too sweety!! I feel so flattered... I'm puffed up Wink
So, let's reply to your comments!

Rivet!  Thank you, 8th grade shop class!

A RIVET!!! I and my dictionary thank you Ivyannie!!

How did you ever get them smooth enough so that they don't snag your clothes?

And from the other thread: Do you have super strong hands?,
Or, what is your secret to getting all those twists into the forks' tines?
Any secrets or words of encouragement for the rest of us?
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Amazing!!! did you use a blowtorch to bend them? I once see a man making them with a blowtorch at the "Fiera dell'artigianato" in Milan  Smiley if so I guess I'll just have to buy one because I definitely want to make them too!
(Italian Crafster!!!!! Ma ciao!!!!) Cheesy

The procedure is actually really simple and the bracelet can be made without particular tools! Now I'm a bit busy with work and university but as soon as possible I'll post you a unpretentious-mini-picture-tutorial if you want!

However, first I levelled out with a hammer the fork to make it completely flat and than with a pair of pincers I started to curl down the forks' tines. For the second bracelet (the blue one) I flattened again with the hammer the tines, bending them outward. To make them smooth I used a piece of sandpaper.
I decorated them and after this with a vice I bended the handle, help myself with the hammer (and of course with my super strong hands also Cheesy). I didn't use any blowtorch because I used soft steel forks and I could bend them actually without any particular difficult.

Last thing: I don't really know if the bracelets won't snag my clothes because so far I worn them only with short sleeves Tongue but I think they are enough large to remain upon the long sleeves! Wink

If you have more questions I'm very happy to answer them! Cheesy
Thank you!!

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« Reply #27 on: June 30, 2008 01:52:53 PM »

I've been in a bit of a jewelry mood lately and I think I might just have to try this!  The one with the dragonflies is amazing and I love that you used old earrings- repurposing things is so great!  Thank you for posting them- they definitely inspired me!
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« Reply #28 on: June 30, 2008 03:27:16 PM »

Gorgeous Bracelets! Kudos to recycling/reusing!
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« Reply #29 on: July 01, 2008 08:16:18 PM »

wow, these are BEAUTIFUL!! i absolutely love them, especially the embellishments you used on them
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« Reply #30 on: July 03, 2008 03:42:46 AM »

I love that you used old earrings- repurposing things is so great!

I completely agree with you: repurposing things is great!! I have a lot of old jewelry mine or my moms', aunts', grandmas'.. and old stuff that we don't wear or use anymore and it's really a huge waste to let them in the dust! So yes, this could be a good remedy and.. wow.. I'm happy to inspire you!!! Wink

Thanks a lot to all of you again for your compliments!:D

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« Reply #31 on: July 05, 2008 07:54:36 PM »

These are AMAZING.
I saw something similar to this at Butterfest...more then a year ago.
They were just bent into a bracelet though..not like yours though.
The tines werent bent all cool
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« Reply #32 on: July 13, 2008 01:35:47 PM »

WOW! This is reaaaally awesome! I LOVE them!
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« Reply #33 on: July 13, 2008 07:38:02 PM »

those are absolutly adorable!
i love themmm!
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« Reply #34 on: July 17, 2008 03:34:41 AM »

More comments!! Cheesy Thank youuuuuu guys!!!  Kiss
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beautiful!
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« Reply #36 on: November 19, 2008 03:51:21 PM »

Your fork bracelets are truly something to see.  I love each one of them.  Would you mind telling me a little bit more about how you connect two forks so that you've got two sets of tines to use on one bracelet.  What a great idea.
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« Reply #37 on: November 20, 2008 03:56:57 AM »

These are awesome! I'd love to have a go at making something like these... *pondering the chances of finding some old forks in an antique shop* I have a fork ring made out of a tiny silver fork that I bought this Summer in Edinburgh which I adore and I'd love to craft my own fork bracelets to go with it!
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Your fork bracelets are truly something to see.  I love each one of them.  Would you mind telling me a little bit more about how you connect two forks so that you've got two sets of tines to use on one bracelet.  What a great idea.

Thanks a lot!! I've posted right here a picture that shows how I connected the two little dessert forks: with a usefull rivet and my dad's help! Eheh! You can see it on the bottom of the first page, anyway I have bent the forks in a way to make coincide the ends and overlap them, than my dad made a little hole in the center through both of the forks and we have joined them with a rivet! Hope it can help you! Cheesy

These are awesome! I'd love to have a go at making something like these... *pondering the chances of finding some old forks in an antique shop* I have a fork ring made out of a tiny silver fork that I bought this Summer in Edinburgh which I adore and I'd love to craft my own fork bracelets to go with it!

Thanks! It's actually very simple... and I'd love to see your work when you'll make some stuff!!


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« Reply #39 on: December 09, 2008 09:14:05 PM »

You have inspired me!  Smiley

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« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2008 10:23:29 AM »

They are totally awsum!!
i love them im guna try....im weak tho may not go to well hehe
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« Reply #41 on: February 03, 2009 12:23:05 PM »

love them, really cool and unusual

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« Reply #43 on: February 06, 2009 05:44:36 PM »

Congrats!!

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« Reply #44 on: June 24, 2009 10:25:32 AM »

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