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Flatware and silverware jewelry was really popular a few decades ago and people are still making such adornment today. No wonder - the patterns on these cutlery are often beautiful.
Real silverware will be easier to manipulate than silver-plated or stainless steel flatware, not to mention have a higher value. But annealing (softening) with a torch might make things easier. Check out some of the tutorials below for tips and tricks.
The above Fork Bracelet For Guys (Update : link no longer available) design by Beatr!ce on Cut Out and Keep uses 2 forks. The tutorial isn't detailed but the idea is clear from the picture. The forks need to be sawed, hammered and the tines artistically bent. Here is another one from Cut Out and Keep :
A couple of the following tutorials give better instructions. Instead of welding the two forks together, either make holes for jump rings or bend the stem end over to house a jump ring.
Or use just one fork! Check out the super tutorial by Mary Andrews of the Contrary Garden blog. She prefers the silver-plated vintage flatware for the look so she has to anneal the metal with a torch. She also sells them on her Etsy store.
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Know how to use a Dremel? Jean over at Craftster goes over how to use one with various attachments to make a variety of spoon pendants. She uses stainless steel spoons.
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One awesome not-to-be missed inspiration is Kathryn Riechert's Flatware Critter Charms. These were created from vintage flatware for a metal charm swap. Kathryn has a shop on Etsy. Via
watch this silver smith engrave a design on a handle.
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