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I love Spoon Necklaces!
This tutorial will show you how to make your own personalized spoon necklace.
 
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Step 1: What you Will Need

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What You Will Need:
-Spoons (Get them from a thrift store. Get at least three in case you mess up the lettering)
-Hammer or Heavy Mallet
-Sand Paper
-Pliers
-Steel Wool or Heavy Nail File
-Metal Letter Stamps (Any hobby store will have them)
-Sharpie
-Hand towel or towel
-Twine or a Small Rope for the necklace

Optional if you want to decorate your necklace:
-Headpins (Flat or Circle head)
-Beads

Step 2: Lets Begin!

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LETS BEGIN


First you will need to hammer the head of the spoon flat.
Find a very hard surface, like concrete. Lay your hand towel down.

-If you are using a heavy mallet:
Begin to hammer the head of your spoon until it's as flat as you want it to be

-If you are using a hammer:
Make sure the spoon is covered with a towel before you hit it so your hammer doesn't scratch the spoon, then hammer the spoon until it's a flat as you would like it to be

Step 3: Pick a Word to Put in your Spoon

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Pick a word for your spoon.
I choose the word: CRAFT
In a row, place a dot for each letter.
These dots will help when you are stamping the letters on the spoon.

Step 4: Stamping Your Word on your Spoon

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Once your dots are on you are ready to stamp on the letters.
I would HIGHLY recommend stamping your letters on a concrete surface with your towel underneath.
Stamp the middle letter First, then work your way out.

STAMPING TIPS:

-Hammer the metal stamp once with a strong hit. This will give you a clean stamp.

I am not strong enough to do a stamp with one hit, so this is my advice to you if you're in the same boat.

-Make sure your stamp and spoon do not move when you are hammering. Notice the letters on my spoon are a little "smeared". That is because the stamp and/or spoon moved when I was stamping it.

(This is why I said make sure you buy at least three spoons so you can practice)

-Keep the spoon and metal stamp steady to get a good clean letter.

Step 5: Color in the Letters with a Sharpie

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After all your letters are stamped, color the letters in with a sharpie.
This will give the letters some dimension.

Then,, rub the maker off with the steal wool.

Step 6: Bend The Spoons Handle Off

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Now you will need to break off the handle.
Make sure you leave enough room to make a loop for your necklace like the photo below.

Bend the spoon until the handle breaks off.
Use the sandpaper to smooth out the raw edge you just made.

Use your pliers or your hands to bend the handle toward the back of the spoon.

Use a hammer to make sure the handle touches the back of the spoon.
Cover the spoon before using your hammer.

Step 7: If You want to Decorate your Necklace

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If you want to decorate your spoon necklace, lace beads onto a headpin and attach it to the necklace cord.

If you are using a circular headpin: use your pliers to open the circle, attach the headpin to your cord, then close the circle back up. Add beads to it, then fold the remaining wire up toward the beads to make sure the beads stay in place.

If you are using a flat headpin: add beads first, use the remaining wire to create a loop, and then attach the headpin to the cord.

Step 8: Youre Done!!

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You can get really creative with this project!

You could put the spoon on a braided necklace, scrap fabric, or add more beads.


Thank You for checking out this project!!



To see more projects like this one go to: korrinewojcik.blogspot.com


Have a great Day!
kathynv3 years ago
I suspect that the cheaper and crappier the quality of your spoons, the better the pendant will turn out. I have some old "cafeteria quality" spoons that aren't much more than heavy foil -- I think I know what I'll be doing with them this afternoon. One other thing, you might want to hammer your spoons on a piece of rubber, so they don't slide all over the place. I have a rubber block, which is meant for this purpose, but a piece of a bathmat would do just fine.

Thanks so much for the great idea!
HomemadeisBetter (author)  kathynv3 years ago
Wonderful! Thank you for the tip!

You are right. The older or cheaper the spoon is the easier it will be to hammer it.

Thank you for your insightful comment!
DannielleM1 month ago

This is fab, thanks!

drwebster2 years ago
realy wonderful idea,like your insructable,my minds going wild -w- this idea,thanks!
Hi there...
A thought to stop the "smearing". A hockey puck. Cheap, hard rubber, small, and very durable. Drill 2 holes at the top through the flat face about a 1/2 inch apart. Drill 2 holes at the bottom wide enough to accomodate the largest spoon you might use. Make 2 cross bars out of whatever you have, wood, plastic, metal, scrap spoon handles. Put down the spoon, bolt it in place, then whack it. You could even go as far as making inserts to create a "square" for alignment. Great 'ible and I will prolly start my own in the next week or so. Keep up the great work.
I've seen spoons used in a lot of ways, but never like this. Very neat. :)