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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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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2009 08:49:39 PM »

I'm hitting "THIS ROCKS!" as hard as I can right now.  Smiley
I collect spoon rings, and wow, that bracelet is just...fantastic.
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marthaaleo
« Reply #11 on: March 14, 2009 07:20:08 AM »

Thanks.
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« Reply #12 on: March 15, 2009 05:46:03 AM »

I love love love this bracelet! I have saved some of my grandma's cutlery just because it was cute... now, if only I had the necessary tools.... Sad Maybe I'll try having a look through what's left of my dad's stuff out there in the garage...
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« Reply #13 on: March 15, 2009 09:24:21 AM »

that's so unique and beautiful! love it!
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« Reply #14 on: March 16, 2009 07:54:34 PM »

This is amazing, I"m in awe.
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marthaaleo
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2009 07:47:14 AM »

It's not hard to do, but thanks all the same. 
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« Reply #16 on: July 04, 2009 05:08:59 PM »

What a pretty way to pass on heritage.
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« Reply #17 on: July 12, 2009 07:45:34 AM »

I really like those..

(I'd have a hard time using my Granny's.. but garage sale finds
would be super)

Although I like the idea of if you're going to use them, to hand
them out to family memebers...
Very nice...
(and the tutorial is great!) Wink
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« Reply #18 on: July 12, 2009 08:19:34 AM »

I never thought of a silver spoon bracelet before.  I have a silver spoon ring that my grandma gave me, and I never take it off.  Your bracelet would be adorable with it. Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: July 14, 2009 01:24:21 AM »

Hi Martha Aleo

I like this type of bracelet. its very simple and unique. 
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« Reply #20 on: July 19, 2009 11:05:33 PM »

This is so beautiful.  What a great way to reuse something and to make it something that can be used on a daily basis to connect to one's family.
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« Reply #21 on: January 12, 2010 11:07:26 PM »

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« Reply #22 on: January 13, 2010 07:01:28 AM »

Cool!  Thanks!

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« Reply #23 on: April 05, 2010 07:34:51 PM »

Thanks for this post... great info.

Can I ask you what blade you used in your jewelers saw to cut the handles ( the handles on a spoon look like about 12ga).

Also, have you tried with anything other than sterling silver cutlery. There are so many lovely pieces tha t could work, but many are plated, or stainless steel.

Looking forward to your reply.

Magpie.
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« Reply #24 on: April 19, 2010 09:12:43 AM »

Beautiful bracelet. As someone else noted, not sure i could use my grandmother's silverware.  I do like the family heritage idea, though. I do have some of this type of silverware and it seems like there might be an odd piece or two.  I'll have to explore this idea. thanks.
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« Reply #25 on: April 27, 2010 04:35:01 AM »

Thank you! I love the bracelet and the great way to share heirlooms with the family. This is high on my list of things to try when my youngest starts preschool this fall. He likes to watch and climb in my lap when I'm working, so I can't do this right now, but I sure can find more old silverware over the summer.  Smiley
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