Old silver eating utensils can be found in abundance at antique stores, garage and estate sales and thrift shops. In addition to serving their obvious purpose, these objects are desirable to artists and crafters because of their potential to become something new. Silver utensils can be cut, hammered, recycled and restyled into various other functional and appealing objects. Among these objects is jewellery such as bracelets and rings. Silver spoons are particularly popular because of their smooth, curvy shapes. With the right tools, you easily can turn silver spoons into charming key rings.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Silver spoon
- Heat-safe work surface
- Butane or propane torch
- Metal tongs
- Bowl of cold water
- Rawhide mallet
- Bracelet mandrel
- Silver polishing cloth
Anneal the silver spoon by heating it with a butane or propane torch. Annealing is a process used to make metal more pliable and easy to hammer into new shapes. Place the spoon on a heat-safe work surface. Move the flame of the torch back and forth over the surface of the spoon until the spoon takes on a dull, red glow. Remove the heat from the spoon.
Lift the spoon with metal tongs. Drop it into a bowl of cold water. Allow the spoon to cool completely before removing it from the water.
Pull the spoon out of the water by hand. Position the spoon against a bracelet mandrel, which is a wood or metal cone-shaped tool used to form metal bracelets and other ring-shaped objects.
Strike the spoon with a rawhide mallet --- a hammer used to form and bend metal without marring it --- so that it bends around the bracelet mandrel. Hammer the spoon repeatedly in different places, until it is completely wrapped around the bracelet mandrel and the two ends of the spoon meet each other or slightly overlap. Make sure there is no gap between the two ends of the spoon.
Slide the spoon off the bracelet mandrel. It should form a ring.
Polish the spoon with a silver polishing cloth to bring out the sheen of the silver.
Place your keys on a traditional key ring. Slightly bend one end of the spoon away from the other to create a small, temporary opening. Slide the key ring through the opening and slip it onto the spoon ring. Close the opening completely. Add additional key rings to your silver spoon ring as needed, using the same process of slightly opening the spoon ring and closing it.
Tips and warnings
- Pure silver spoons are much easier to hammer into new shapes than silver-plated ones.
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