I have always wondered how to make silverware jewelry. The first time I saw silverware jewelry was when I was a kid. My sister had a spoon ring. Now I see really creative silverware jewelry at local boutiques. (As great as it is to support local vendors, I really wanted to learn how to make silverware jewelry on my own.)
I must admit, most blogs will say something like “It is so easy!” but it was a pretty big challenge with a huge learning curve. Because I had not made silverware jewelry before, I had a lot to learn by trial and error. I hope to share my mistakes with you so that you can do it right the first time;) unlike I did. (I bought a lot of silverware so I had plenty to practice on)
Tools used to make Silverware Jewelry
- Electric Sander
- Towel or thick fabric
What tools I wish that I had before I started and why:
(I made the ones shown without these tools but it would have been nice to have)
- Mallet – Hammers leave marks! Use a Nylon or rawhide mallet.
- Anvil – For pounding on a really flat surface.
- Vice – because it is hard to bend the thick parts and it would be nice to have something to really hold it in place for more leverage
- Rubber Coated Pliers or Rounded Jewelry Pliers because my pliers left marks on the soft surface of the silverware
What I learned about making Silverware Jewelry as a Beginner
- Silver is softer than most of your tools, and the tools will leave marks scratches and dents if you don’t protect it with a thick towel (my little remedy) or buy the right kind of tool in the first place;)
- Silverware is easy to bend on the thin parts but very difficult in in the thick places. Use a vice as your best friend and remember to protect the soft silver.
- Use a solid flat surface for flattening the silverware.
- Use a metal specific drill bit when drilling holes, wood ones will do the job but will ruin your bit.
- Have patience. You are just learning!
Beginner Steps : How to Make Silverware Jewelry
- Select your piece of silverware and your project.
- Protect the Silverware with a towel and bed into desired curve. (I bend before cutting to have more leverage and more to hold onto.
- Measure the Silverware and cut off the excess.
- Drill holes if needed. Depending on where the hole needs to be, you may be able to do this first while the silverware is flat.
- Sand off rough edges
- Flatten if needed.
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