2/20/11

Altered spoons

About a year and a half ago, I bought a bag of silver spoons for a couple of dollars. I've had them in a glass jar way up high on a shelf in my studio....mocking me for quite some time now.... until now. My hubby had been using a dremel and never put it away, so I took it. Yep, its mine now. That'll teach 'em. I started by bending the spoons by hand, some snapped clean off-- ooops, who knew I was so strong? Below you can see the spoons in different stages of being bent. If your going to try this, bend the handles a little bit at a time and let the metal rest.... seriously. I find the older the spoon, the hotter the metal gets when you bend it... which causes it to weaken and snap off. You want to keep a little bit of the handle so you can bend that to the back and make a hanger to thread a chain through.I then used my dremel to cut the handles off of each spoon. Here are the spoon's bowls cut from the handles. Thats it, now they are ready to be altered into charms. I'm keeping the handles to make into something-- not to sure what just yet.
Here is just one of the spoon charms I made--- I also made the necklace display out of cardboard, spray adhesive and velvet~ Here is a close-up, I simply adore it. I am so keeping this one for myself! I was very lucky this weekend in scoring some more silver spoons at an estate sale. For .50¢ each I bought them all! Much to the chagrin of several women walking up behind me.
I'll share some more spoon charms when they are finished.

25 comments:

afistfullofweeds* said...

Wow, Its gorgeous!!

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Cheryl, those are just brilliant. beautiful!

Pearl said...

Awesome I've always wanted to do this, your charm turned out very cool!

Leila West said...

Very beautiful!

What kind of Dremel are you using?

British Faery said...

I have always wanted to work with old spoons, you have re-inspired me!!
Beautiful work =)

Teri said...

I also purchased a bunch of spoons several months ago and tried the same thing however, I'm having a hard time bending the portion of the spoon into a curl because its so hard.

Linda said...

Very Nice Cheryl!
I picked up 2 huge lots on Ebay and 1 on artfire over the holidays- you inspired me to get a move on!
I am going to stamp some also.
I don't have a dremel but the DH I guess will do it for me- he is the
toolman- he is a machinist/toolmaker.
Have a lovely day!

Cindy Marquis said...

Cheryl, this is so pretty! You had a great vision for your spoons. Now, I can't wait to see what you do with the spoon handle.

Gaia said...

Love this idea! Can't wait to see what else you come up with!

fairyrocks said...

Thanks for sharing, I too have the spoons...and forks (don't ask)
Keep smiling and creating

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Very cool!!! I would keep that one too!
Have FUN creating!
Deb

Andrea said...

That is a gorgeous pendant. I always comes across great silverware at yard sales. I'll have to pick up a few! I also wanted to make garden stakes out of them.

Lululiz said...

What an amazing transformation, the pendant turned out fantastically well.

Heidi said...

Hi Cheryl! Your altered spoon necklace is fabulous! It's so pretty---you outdid yourself! I'll have to try making charms next! I showed a photo from another blog of a cool altered bent spoon project, you might try that, too! Hugs, Heidi

Warning: once you begin to collect and buy the old spoons you can't stop...at least I can't! OL

baglady said...

Love the finished one! I have a jar of them sitting up on my shelf too- now I might have to do something with them!

Tabbyroo said...

Beautiful creations Linda :)

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Beckey said...

How very creative Cheryl! I love what you have done, and look forward to your next creation.

Florence and Mary said...

WOW that is so impressive!

Victoria xxx

curlyqmosaics said...

Your spoon charms are so fancy! I love them! I scrolled through your blog and saw the monster truck valentine's you made...talk about fabulous creativity! Love!

Thanks for stopping by my blog and allowing me to find you. Your blog is very inspiring!

Regina said...

Cheryl...I love old spoons and really LOVE what you did with yours. Beautiful!! Isn't finding treasures so much fun? Even if we aren't sure what they are going to be at the time.

Hugs,
Regi

Wanda AKA "Craftymule" said...

Beautiful necklace! I can't wait to see what else you make from your spoons!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

The spoon pendant is just gorgeous! I would have a hard time parting with it, too.

Sandy Michelle said...

I am loving those altered spoons girl! Thanks so much for stopping by! I was in awe of your cherub Valentine's card that you gave to Vivian!!

Hugs!Sandy

Curtains In My Tree said...

I love those spoon charms. so that is how it is done. I am not any good with tools and always wondererd how in the heck anybody could cut them spoons in pieces. Now I know.
I see them at different shows and love them

Janice