Creating your own rings, bracelets and pendants from upcycled antique silverware and flatware is an eco-friendly way to highlight your fashion sense. Making jewelry from old spoons requires just a few tools, most of which you can find around your house. Each spoon can produce two pieces of jewelry: a ring or bracelet made from the handle and a pendant from the bowl.
Materials and Tools
- Old spoons: Two spoons make a bracelet. Use sterling silver or stainless steel instead of silver-plated flatware; the plated finish can wear off.
- Permanent marker
- Hand saw
- Metal file
- Mandrel or pipe: You need something cylindrical to help form your jewelry. A metal ring mandrel helps size rings, while a metal pipe can form a bracelet.
- Jump rings
- Lobster clasp
- Safety goggles: Optional, but always recommended.
- Rubber mallet or hammer to help form jewelry around the mandrel. If you use a hammer, wrap it in a heavy cloth secured with a rubber band to keep it from marring the metal.
- Drill and #55-drill bit
- Vice (optional)
- Beads and wire (optional)
- Metal stamps (optional)
Make a Ring
- Measure your ring size with a string or a strip of paper, adding ¼ inch for the ends of the ring to overlap.
- Using the pen, mark the length needed, from the handle of the spoon down toward the bowl.
- Using the pliers, grasp the handle close to the bowl end of the spoon and start bending the handle so that it curves toward the back of the spoon.
- Use the mandrel to shape the curve. Don’t close the curve completely just yet; leave room to cut off the bowl.
Cut and Smooth
- Cut the spoon at the measured mark. If you are strong enough and have the patience, bend the flatware back and forth until the bowl end breaks off, but using a saw ensures that you have enough metal to make two pieces of jewelry from one piece of cutlery.
- Use the file to smooth and round off the cut end of the handle.
Shape and Size
- Finish curving the handle around the mandrel.
- Allow the two ends to overlap, rather than meet.
- Try the ring on and adjust the ends to get the perfect size.
Enjoy your new ring!
Make a Bracelet
- Cut the bowls off of two spoons. Cutting with a hand saw is recommended, but you can also bend the handles back and forth until the bowls break off.
- Use the file to smooth the cut end of the handle
- Drill a hole through each end of both handles.
- You can use the file to gently smooth the drill holes if necessary. Be careful not to mar the silver.
- Using the mallet and pipe, tap the handles to shape them into curves. You may attach the pipe to a vice for better control while hammering the metal.
- Connect the two decorative ends of the handles by attaching a large jump ring through the drilled holes to form the front of your bracelet. You can also connect the handles with a beaded wire loop instead of a jump ring if you like.
- Connect a jump ring to each of the holes on the other ends of the handles.
- Attach a lobster clasp to one of the jump rings.
Try your bracelet on and enjoy your new creation!
Make a Pendant
- Use the rubber mallet to gently flatten the spoon.
- File the cut end until it is smooth.
- If enough of the handle remains to create a bail, use the pliers to bend the handle backwards, until it touches the back of the spoon.
- If not enough of the handle is left, drill a small hole at the top of the spoon and attach a jump ring for a bail.
- String a cord or chain through the jump ring.
Enjoy your new pendant!
You can remove the pen markings with a little rubbing alcohol. You can embellish your pendant by using metal stamps or attaching beads to the jump ring.
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