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marthaaleo
« on: February 20, 2009 07:53:26 PM »

A little tutorial on how to make a spoon bracelet:   I wanted to make a meaningful Christmas present for a younger family member.  My mother had given me my Grandmothers  silver plate and  said that it would be OK if I made jewelry out of it.  I took two teaspoons and heated them until they were cherry red with my lamp working torch.  After letting them cool, I clamped them into a vise and sawed off the handles with my jewelers saw.  I filed off the rough edges and drilled holes in both ends of each handle.  I shaped the pieces with a rubber covered mallet and a form made to hammer out dents in cars.  Then I threw the handles in the pickle pot to clean off most of the fire scale.  Next, I used a wire brush attachment in my drill to clean off the rest of the dirt and shine them up.  I filed around the rough edges of the holes Id drilled and went over the handles with steel wool before polishing them with muslin buffing wheel and rouge.

          I assembled the pieces with jump rings Id made previously, and a lobster clasp.  When I dont solder jump rings, I like to make them oval shaped with the cut on the side because they are stronger and less likely to pull apart which is important for a bracelet.  I was going to put a lamp-worked bead dangle on the front with a wrapped loop.  I ended up using the dangle you see in the picture-an  odd earring belonging to my mother.

          I have a full set of my Grandmothers silver plate and a ton of ideas for using it to make jewelry.  What about a ring or bracelet for my maternal girl cousins?  Thats a thought.  It would be a good way to share the silver plate with the family.  If you want to see the blog post, go to http://ornamento.wordpress.com/2007/12/09/spoon-bracelet-from-recycled-materials/

  I also put some more spoon jewelry in the members gallery


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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009 07:24:15 AM »

http://ornamento.wordpress.com/2007/12/09/spoon-bracelet-from-recycled-materials/

Is the link that works. Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2009 09:12:08 AM »

Thanks for correcting the link.  I wonder how in the Sam Hill that happened?  Huh

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« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2009 04:28:04 PM »

Ooh, that's really cool!  Thanks for posting . . . might have to get a bracelet mandrel and make one . . . Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2009 07:10:16 AM »

Thanks.  I don't have a bracelet mandrel, although one is on my shopping list.  But I do have a set of auto body repair tools I bought from Harbor Freight and I used the long curved block to shape the bracelet.  Here is the link for the tool set:

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=31277

I have bought a lot of supplies from Harbor Freight (I don't have a financial interest).  If you have never heard of them, check out their site.  The tools are not top of the line, but are fine for hobbyists.  They have stores, a catalog, or you can order on line.  The only thing I was ever unhappy with (their rock tumbers are not good for our purposes), they let me return with no hassle.

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« Reply #5 on: February 25, 2009 08:25:39 PM »

These are intensely beautiful. Now to invest in a drill....  Wink
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« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2009 07:13:10 AM »

If you don't want to go for a flex shaft,  I recommend a variable speed reversable drill with a keyless chuck.  I got mine at K-Mart for 29.99. It's not cordless, but I prefer that because I don't have to worry about recharging a battery.  And whoever invented the keyless chuch should get a Nobel Prize.Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2009 11:48:54 AM »

wow... it is so freaking awesome.. I wish I was able to do stuff like that!!
really beautiful!
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« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2009 09:30:32 PM »

This is very cool. Thanks so much for the tutorial.  Now I need to keep an eye out when garage saling for cool cutlery.
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« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2009 09:55:34 PM »

Beautiful! I love that it's sort of an heirloom piece because it was your grandmothers. Ever since I first saw cutlery bracelets, I've wanted to make them but never knew how. Thanks for your tutorial, although I'm a little chicken to try it. Too much danger for me!
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