Silver spoon rings, popular in the 1970s, are regaining popularity. Even though making a spoon ring can be a bit time consuming, the effort is well worth it when you are finished. Spoon rings can be made out of other types of metals, but silver is the easiest to work with.
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Things you need
- Silver spoon
- Jewellers saw
- Needle files
- Polishing papers
- Ring mandrel or small pipe
- Polishing wheel, cloth or tumbler
Cut the bowl of the spoon off of the handle with the jewellers saw. Cut as closely to the bowl as you can without cutting the bowl itself. This makes the handle as long as possible.
Use the needle file to file around the cut end of the handle to make a smooth, rounded end. Shape as desired. This part is going to be the end of your spoon ring that will be showing on the top of your hand.
Use the polishing papers until the filed parts are very smooth and shiny like the rest of the spoon handle. This step may require a bit of time and effort to get into all the details of the edge you cut.
Determine the size you want the ring to be. If you have a metal ring mandrel, you can use that to bend the spoon handle around. If you do not have one, you can easily use something metal, like a piece of pipe, that is close to the same diameter of the finger the ring is going to be worn on.
Gently tap the ring with a rubber mallet if you are having difficulties wrapping the ring around the mandrel. You do not want to use pliers to grab and bend the spoon handle because it will likely leave ridge marks where it bit into the metal.
Remove the ring from the mandrel and try it on. If it is a bit snug, gently pull it apart. If it is a bit big, try gently squeezing it together. If it is too difficult to squeeze together, stand it up on its side and gently tap on it with the rubber mallet. Continue this process until it is properly sized.
Use the polishing papers to smooth over any markings on the ring left from the bending and stretching. If you have a tumbler or polishing wheel, go ahead and polish up the ring. If not, using a polishing cloth, go over the entire surface to make your new ring shine brilliantly.
Tips and warnings
- Silver is the easiest material to work with. Other metals can be used, but some can leave your finger green, and others are extremely difficult to work with.
- Scour thrift stores and yard sales for inexpensive silver spoons to use.
- Make sure you take all necessary precautions when using any tools.
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