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how can i bend a fork like this?

http://pinterest.com/pin/67835538110151033/ my mom wants a bracelet like this any ideas on how to make it?

You don't need to use a sterling silver fork... Silver plate works well and is easily available in thrift stores pretty often. If you find them, buy a couple... you might not like your first attempt or two, and they are usually less than $1. (Take a magnet with you. If it's magnetic, it's stainless steel.. if it's not, it's probably silver plate.. or silver.. which is a rare find in a thrift store... or plastic, but I trust you could divine that without the magnet! :)
Use a good pair of big, pointy pliers and clamp the fork into a vice (by the bottom, with the tines pointing up) If the pliers have teeth, put a piece of microfiber or other cloth over the jaws. The fork tines should bend pretty easily with enough force. To round it, into bracelet shape, you can use a mallet to form it around a round piece of wood.
Good luck!
Is that really a standard stainless steel fork, or is it actually silver ?
Spencer used a stainless steel fork..
nerd7473 (author)  iceng1 year ago
since silver is expensive for a guy with no money i will stick to stainless
iceng nerd74731 year ago
Good choice, Stainless does not work-harden !
nerd7473 (author)  iceng1 year ago
ok then where can I get a silver fork on the cheap?
http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Sterling-Silver-1-Strip-18-Ga-Dead-Soft/100399?Pos=5

...about 37 bucks for a 6" long, 1" wide piece, since you actually want it only an inch wide at "the end", you could go for 4" of 3/8wide and silver-solder a chunk for the tines on the end.

18Ga is perhaps a bit thin though.

Point is, silver isn't murderously expensive
nerd7473 (author)  steveastrouk1 year ago
ok I thought it was a little high...
You could probably do it for around 20 bucks, if you were careful with materials.
nerd7473 (author)  steveastrouk1 year ago
thanks for the info
iceng nerd74731 year ago
Not work-hardening is a Big Plus for steel..

Silver is a metal that as you flex and bend it will progressively harden.
That means the metal will crack and break as you try to bend and
reshape the thongs which is a bad feature for your desired pretzel.

A.
....so you anneal it periodically.....
That would work.
nerd7473 (author)  iceng1 year ago
what should I use then confused
???Stainless steels work harden significantly, but that depends on the grade.
nerd7473 (author)  steveastrouk1 year ago
no idea
rickharris1 year ago
generally try to find a silver fork. Use round pliers and a bangle mandrel to bend.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cutlery+jewellery
Prison jewelry most likely real silver.

Believe it or not you just bend it into shape and polish.

I have seen spoons hammered into skull rings.
iceng1 year ago
Start with a good fork :-)
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iceng iceng1 year ago
Have you seen Andrew Spencer's work ?
nerd7473 (author)  iceng1 year ago
now I have thanks to this link
nerd7473 (author)  iceng1 year ago
no I havn't
kelseymh1 year ago
There is no fork.
nerd7473 (author)  kelseymh1 year ago
lol
Good bit of heat and silicon tipped pliers.
Totally agree on the pliers. It's very easy to put tool marks in, and very hard to get them out. I've also gone the rout of wrapping pliers In a bit of leather. Be doubly careful if you start with silver.
mrmerino1 year ago
Holy cow. Uh, heat and patience.
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