I love to re-purpose old flatware into wearable works of art. Here's how I do it.
I choose 2 matching pieces of flatware.
I pound it flat on the anvil portion of my vise.
I bend it with the flatware bender. Purchased at www.flatwearable.net
Here's a bunch that have been bent, and some that have been cut to length. I like to make my bracelet sections 2 3/4" long.
I smooth the cut edge with my mini grinder.
Using a center punch, I mark where I'm going to drill the hole.
I drill out one hole on each end of the piece. 1/16" drill bit works for me. I use a drill press vice to hold the piece in place while it's being drilled.
I use my dremel tool to clean and dress the drilled holes. This makes everything smooth.
I buff and polish the sections with my full size bench grinder that have buffing/polishing wheels attached, or I also use a dremel flex shaft with the felt buffing wheels. That's nice to get into the designs and gets the backside really well.
The piece on the left is before polishing, the piece on the right is polished and ready for the next step.
These pieces are ready for assembly
I get all my findings together and ready to assemble. I hand wire the beads that are going to be used as the focal point of the bracelet.
I flux and solder each jump ring for added security. I use a "third hand" to hold the piece for soldering.
I give it a final polish with Renaissance polish. This helps to protect the piece and keep it from tarnishing. Now this bracelet is ready for it's new owner!