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« on: January 27, 2009 12:02:12 PM »

Hello crafty people Smiley

I just wanted to share these spoon rings I made over the Christmas holidays. My gramma passed away last summer, so my mom and I thought it might be a nice idea to make spoon rings for each of the women in the family out of my great-gramma's sterling silver Birks flatware that mom inherited. So far I've finished 3 out of 4, and I think they turned out really pretty Smiley
This is the ring I made for myself:

I neglected to get a before shot, but this is one of the demitasse spoons from the same set that I'll likely make the forth ring out of. The monogram is the initial of my gramma's maiden name.

If you want to know more about how I made these, I posted a bunch more information on my blog (www.acidtrix.com). Overall it was a pretty easy process, it just required some brute force and polishing finesse. Mom and my aunt were both very pleased with their rings, and I wear mine every day. I think they wondered about how gramma might have felt about cutting up valuable silverware like that, but I really think she would have appreciated the creativity and sentiment behind it. And frankly, its better than having the silverware sitting in the back of a closet, unused. This way we can carry a keepsake of her with us every day Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2009 12:12:21 PM »

Woah.  I agree.  Having a usable piece to remember someone you love is way better than a keepsake collectable that you will never really use.  It's integrating something she loved into the lives of those she loved.  Amazing idea, love found object repurposed jewelry...I have a whole box full of metal scraps that I'm meditating on...and this piece of yours is very inspiring.  Thanks for sharing.
« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2009 12:16:44 PM »

That's amazing! I agree that having a ring you could wear every day is more valuable than a lot of silverware that needs lots of care and polishing and cannopt be used often.

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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2009 01:09:41 PM »

They're so pretty!   Grin And besides, this way you use them everyday, and how often would you use them as cutlery?


« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2009 01:20:28 PM »

This is an amazing tribute to your grandma and they are beautiful! I'm hitting  "This Rocks". Wink

« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2009 02:31:32 PM »

These are lovely and so wearable!  I have one my grandpa made.  It isn't quite so pretty, but it is definitely a nice way to remember him.
« Reply #6 on: January 27, 2009 04:34:58 PM »

This definitely rocks.  Beautiful.

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« Reply #7 on: January 28, 2009 01:32:56 AM »

I think its a beautiful idea and you are a good person to share them around the family they will be lovely heirlooms.

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« Reply #8 on: January 28, 2009 07:34:32 AM »

thanks for your comments everyone Cheesy
I'm glad you like them!

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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2009 12:21:47 AM »

Very nice!  This is something I have always wanted to do!  Thank you for sharing your technique with us.  I have a few pieces of the flatwear I grew up with I would like to turn into jewelry.  It's not solid silver, but it's not cheap stuff either, so I think I will be able to work with it.
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