Introduction: Make Unique Keychains From Silverware

This is another project I made while trying to figure out how to use up my massive excess of cutlery. These keychains are very quick and easy to make, and each one is unique.

Step 1: What You Need:

- A saw capable of cutting metal

- A fork or spoon

- Files

- A 3/16" rod

- A keyring

- A vise with soft jaws

Step 2: Bending (Part 1)

- Decide how long you want your keychain to be and mark the length with a washable pen. Line up the far side of your 3/16" rod (I used the shank of a drill bit) with that mark and clamp them together in the vise.

- Bend the fork or spoon around the rod as much as you can.

Step 3: Cutting

- Cut the head of the fork or spoon off. Make the cut anywhere about 3/4" of an inch from the bend or farther.

- File the cut smooth.

Step 4: Bending (Part 2)

- Clamp the keychain in the vise until the cut end comes into contact with the handle.

- Insert the rod into the loop made by bending the handle. Clamp the keychain in the vise again. Since the rod will prevent the loop from changing size go ahead and really put some muscle into it. Try and make the keychain as "low profile" as possible.

- Attach a keyring and enjoy!

Comments

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mrsmerwin (author)2017-03-01

we have several done. They are great. We left the spoon part on and it is so adorable.

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mrsmerwin (author)2017-03-01

I am going to go through the miss-matched silverware before I go to robotics today. Thanks for so many good projects. Very kid friendly. The kids seem to know even less than me--my job us to build their skills and their confidence. If you have any other great stuff--please post!!!!!!

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M3G (author)mrsmerwin2017-03-01

I'll see what I can do! Good luck!

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parisusa (author)2016-03-25

My mother bought several of these at an antiques fair. Each one was unique. They are strong & pretty key chains! Great gift idea for a large family to give each person a piece of Grandma's Silver!

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seamster (author)2015-07-27

I really like this idea. Such a simple but clever use for a neat old fork!

Very cool!

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M3G (author)seamster2015-07-27

Thank you!

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SuzetteA (author)M3G2015-09-13

I really like this. Tomorrow I am digging thru in my silver .

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M3G (author)SuzetteA2015-09-15

Good luck!

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Victor Does (author)2015-07-29

Great idea! :)

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M3G (author)Victor Does2015-07-29

Thank you!

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Kevin G May (author)2015-07-28

Why didn't you put the key ring in before you closed it?

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M3G (author)Kevin G May2015-07-28

I was worried that the "loop" for the key ring would get too compressed to allow the ring to move freely.

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KyleTheCreator (author)2015-07-28

Creative! I wonder if you could use the side of the utensils instead of the handle... Then, you could have a keychain utensil set for on-the-go meals!

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M3G (author)KyleTheCreator2015-07-28

That is certainly a very interesting idea! I think I might give that a shot!

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WhitskyU (author)2015-07-27

Ficou muito bonito, alguns talheres antigos são verdadeiras obras de arte que ficariam excelentes como chaveiros.

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M3G (author)WhitskyU2015-07-27

Obrigado! Alguns talheres antigo realmente é arte bonito.

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sunshiine (author)2015-07-27

Great re-use~ I have been saving old silverware and this gives me an idea of what I can do with them. Thanks so much for sharing and do have a safe and happy summer.

sunshiine

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M3G (author)sunshiine2015-07-27

Thank you, if you do end up making any I'd love to see pictures! Enjoy your summer!

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sunshiine (author)M3G2015-07-27

Thanks and I will do~

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