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Recycling spoons and forks for jewelry is a long standing craft dating back centuries. It made sense as traditional silverware is made from real silver.

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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If the spoons are old and you wish to embellish them, then check out the really easy  Upcycled Spoon Pendant tutorial by Violetta of Violet Elephant.  Via

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One outstanding and thorough how-to is the Altered Spoon Tutorial by Lynn Stevens over at the Gingersnap Creations blog.  She demonstrates how to soften and bend the spoon with a torch before cutting off the handle.

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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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If you made the spoon pendants then don't waste the stems or handles! Tammy Jones, the editor of Jewelry Making Daily has a Spoon Link Necklace tutorial which illustrates how to saw, prepare and finish the handles.

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Another way to use the often lovely ends of spoons and forks is to make spoon rings. The tutorial is from eHOWVia
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Shawn Wilson of Shaviq Designs has this video on how to make jewelry from silverware using wire work.

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 EtsyVia

If you have time, watch this silver smith engrave a design on a handle.

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