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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: spoon rings! yay! on: August 06, 2011 07:56:36 AM
I think they are lovely. But how can you have the heart to cut a silver spoon?

hehe i know what you mean. honestly most of the spoons i use are "rejects" for some reason (broken, bent, monogramed, etc) and i never use any of the super-nice antiques. they're too expensive anyway haha. so most of what i use is the stuff that would've been sent out to be melted down as scrap. i give them a second life Smiley

2  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: spoon rings! yay! on: July 13, 2011 01:59:10 PM
ohh jeez, for some reason i stopped getting email notices that there were more comments on here, sorry! i wasn't trying to ignore Cheesy

If you don't mind my asking, how do you shape the spoon? I have never worked with silverware (I wear it rather than work it), but I have wondered how the shaping is accomplished without damaging the pattern.

typically, i just use a nylon hammer to shape it around a mandrel. the inside gets a tiny bit flattened, but that actually makes the ring more comfortable to wear without being too visually obvious. the outside meanwhile isn't affected at all by the nylon.

Did you mount the stones?

yes, i make the settings (usually bezel settings) and mount the stones myself Smiley

everyone else, thanks for your kind words! Smiley
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: spoon rings! yay! on: July 03, 2011 09:23:06 PM
I recently found a ton of silver spoons in my garage and this is wonderful inspiration.

are they real silver? i'd buy some off you if they are, haha. Cheesy
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / spoon rings! yay! on: July 03, 2011 04:12:56 PM
I like to make rings outta old spoons Smiley These are solid silver spoons, so I'm able to solder things on them, like stone settings.

These are my most recent ones, but I've made quite a few now hehe.

with Moonstone

black onyx

5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Collectible Spoon Display to Jewelry Organizer on: July 03, 2011 04:06:09 PM
Ohh i love it!

for your studs, you could always run a little strip of that ... uhm.. plastic.. grid.. stuff.. people use to string yarn through... sorry, i failed.
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fabric Bling Ring or What to do with a neat safari print skirt on: July 03, 2011 04:04:27 PM
i love ginormous rings! Smiley you should do all sorts of fabrics and sizes.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Coin Jewelry on: July 03, 2011 04:03:22 PM
hehe it's like a good luck bracelet Cheesy

i make rings outta quarters, got a video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mikLcJmK54  i don't use pennies though, too small Tongue
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: double sided coin ring! on: January 21, 2011 01:52:56 AM
These are amazing! Would you by any chance be willing to do a tutorial for these?

the original post is quite old so i'm not sure if you'll get a response from the OP... but here's a tutorial video that i made a while back to show how this can be done Smiley


hopefully i'm not stealing anyone's thunder Cheesy
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / Re: Desperately Need Help! What can I put in my vial necklace, it broke!!! on: December 28, 2010 01:03:11 AM
if you know where it originally came from, you could also always write the maker and ask what they'd suggest. Smiley
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: Buyer Frustrated With Communication. on: December 28, 2010 12:52:10 AM
Just wanted to play devil's advocate here Smiley Two things immediately popped into my brain:

1) I've been on Etsy for about 4 years, and I've learned that as a seller, you can NOT please everyone. For example, some buyers expect a seller to convo them immediately after the sale to thank them etc, whereas other buyers get outright angry if you convo them, as they consider it spam. So, while you may have expected a convo'ed response, the seller may
have considered the feedback she left as her response and didn't want to "spam" you.

2) Artists are notorious for not being able to take compliments. Most of us immediately want to downplay anything positive you've said about the work, but that is very counterproductive for a business selling artwork, especially if you put down your work in front of someone who just bought it. Wink So she may honestly have not known how to say thank you without feeling awkward.

Of course, there are really any number of other reasons that are possible, and I do think she should have responded. But I have a tendency to always try to give the benefit of the doubt. Cheesy You have every right to be disappointed at the lack of response, but I wouldn't necessarily give up on her yet if you really do like her work.
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