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« on: July 11, 2010 06:11:55 PM »

I've been using a lot of old spoons recently to make rings and pendants! I like to use the old spoons 'cos it's recycling an old piece of metal that nobody wants anymore, and making a whole new piece out of it that doesn't require mining any more metal out of the ground. I'm out of spoons now though, and that makes me sad. But here's a few of the things I've made Smiley







Thanks for looking Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2010 06:17:06 PM »

Stunningly, breathtakingly GORGEOUS!

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p.s. Would love to hear more about the process(es) you used to create these lovely pieces.
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« Reply #2 on: July 11, 2010 06:29:52 PM »

Those are beautiful!  I want one.
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« Reply #3 on: July 11, 2010 06:34:01 PM »

Girl, if I weren't so poor that iolite pendant would be mine immediately.

I love it. The wee diamond is an especially lovely detail!
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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2010 07:13:42 PM »

Very cool!  Grin Sorry you're out of spoons...  Undecided
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« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2010 08:32:43 PM »

I love them! They are beautiful.
p.s. Try Goodwill, etc. for flatware.
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« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2010 08:39:00 PM »

Those are really, really beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2010 08:46:35 PM »

Thank you everyone! Smiley

p.s. Would love to hear more about the process(es) you used to create these lovely pieces.
First I find me some solid sterling silver spoons with pretty designs, which is way harder than it sounds. Then I use a tiny jeweler's saw to cut away the part I want to use - usually the long skinny part of the handle becomes a ring, the fat end part of the handle becomes a pendant, and the bowl part sits sad and alone on my bench while I try to figure out something to do with it that doesn't scream "I USED TO BE A SPOON" at the top of its lungs. (I prefer a quietly whispered, "Did you know I used to be a spoon?") I then either use a file to shape the cut end to be pretty (for a pendant); or form it into a circle and solder it closed (for a ring). Then I agonize for hours over what stone I like best, and finally pick one and make a bezel setting for it which I solder to the  
piece where ever it looks like it most fits in the design Smiley Shiny everything up, set the stone and done!  That's kinda the generalized answer, lemme know if you had anything specific you wanna know!


I love them! They are beautiful.
p.s. Try Goodwill, etc. for flatware.
Thanks! I think Goodwill has started getting savvy to the precious metals market, I -never- see solid sterling in their stores Sad They have a few listed on their online auctions though, which kinda defeats the point for me of going to a Goodwill. I can't use plated or steel so it's kinda limiting =/
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« Reply #8 on: July 11, 2010 09:04:03 PM »

Beautiful! Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: July 11, 2010 09:30:31 PM »

these are great!! I now want to figure out how to solder and find the solid metal spoons... Cheesy
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