How to Make Jewelry From Old Spoons

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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.
    • Pliers
    • Drill and #55-drill bit
    • Vice (optional)
    • Beads and wire (optional)
    • Metal stamps (optional)

Make a Ring

  • Measure

    • 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.

    Bend

    • 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

    • 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.

    File

    • Use the file to smooth the cut end of the handle

    Drill

    • 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.

    Bend

    • 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

    • 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.

    Clasp

    • 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

  • Flatten

    • Use the rubber mallet to gently flatten the spoon.

    File

    • File the cut end until it is smooth.

    Bail

    • 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.

    Attach

    • String a cord or chain through the jump ring.

    Enjoy your new pendant!

Notes

  • 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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