Introduction: How to Make Flatware (spoon and Forks) Bracelets

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I love to re-purpose old flatware into wearable works of art.  Here's how I do it.

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I choose 2 matching pieces of flatware.

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I pound it flat on the anvil portion of my vise.

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I bend it with the flatware bender.  Purchased at www.flatwearable.net

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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.

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I smooth the cut edge with my mini grinder.

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Using a center punch, I mark where I'm going to drill the hole.

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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.

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I use my dremel tool to clean and dress the drilled holes.  This makes everything smooth.

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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.

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The piece on the left is before polishing, the piece on the right is polished and ready for the next step.

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These pieces are ready for assembly

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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.

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I flux and solder each jump ring for added security.  I use a "third hand" to hold the piece for soldering.

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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!

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This is the tool I use to bend my flatware.

You can view the demo video on You Tube

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6TU5JvMNiNU

Comments

Ckmartini (author)2016-12-04

I LOVE your bracelets! I already have one made from a spoon that I purchased in Mexico. When I wear it I break out in a rash. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

SuzanneD (author)Ckmartini2016-12-07

You are allergic to the nickel. Clear nail polish is usually the best thing you can do to coat the areas that touch your skin.

chinadolls (author)Ckmartini2016-12-06

Try coating the inside with clear fingernail polish.

terry.dasilva2 (author)2015-01-02

I made this. and I love it.

SuzanneD (author)2014-12-20

www.flatwearable.com

debisue (author)2014-12-19

Where can I buy this device and how much is it or could i have instructions in how it make it

Beezs (author)2013-06-13

I'm very interested in your instructions. I've been making Jewerly from the same flatware that you use from in the 70's and I sell some and make it for friends. Never have seen the metal bender . I use a method from the 70's. Would love to exchange some emails on on instructable with you

SuzanneD (author)Beezs2013-10-08

Sure, email me anytime. suzanne@flatwearable.com

Smalfrii (author)2013-06-02

Awesome, thank you :)

SuzanneD (author)2013-06-01

Thanks Smalfrii for your comments. I have re-written the tutorial to be more clear on how I make my bracelets.

Smalfrii (author)2013-06-01

Hi there! This seems like a really neat tool, and I was super excited to figure out how to make one for personal use... But there aren't any instructions :/ I totally get that you have to advertise products somewhere, but here probably isn't the best idea.

Love the tool though, just wish I could make one.

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