Right Hand Ring from a Silver Fork (or Spoon) Handle

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I was given an odd lot of forks and spoons after my first husband’s parents died.  They have been sitting in a drawer for a very long time.  Recently I brought them out and contemplated turning them into jewelry, specifically a ring for my right hand and a bracelet (that’s another Instructable).  This silverware has silver in it, but it isn’t sterling silver, because real sterling silver is soft enough that a ring could be made with hands alone.  No such luck with this stuff.   It is much harder than that.  So this Instructable is about how I took the handle off a fork and turned that handle into a right hand ring.  Here we go.
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Step 1:

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Hack saw
Silver fork (or spoon)
Tooth paste (not gel)
Old rags
Grinder with polishing wheel
Iron or brass pipe (diameter of the size ring you want)
Scrap wood
Brass rod or iron pipe
Scissors and scrap paper
(Ignore the heat gun it was useless on this project.)

Step 2:

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First I gathered all my “silver” ware and polished it using some old rags and toothpaste.  It did a very good job without the expense of silver polish.   I chose one to use for my ring.

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Next, I took a piece of paper and wrapped it around the finger I wanted to wear the ring upon.  This will tell me how large (small) to make the ring. 

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I laid the fork on the paper and marked where I wanted to cut. 

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I wrapped the handle in rag and stuck it in the vice for a firm grip.  Then I took the hack saw and cut the tines of the fork off, following the mark.

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Next I took the handle over to the polishing wheel of our grinder and polished down the cut end of the handle until it was all smooth.  Making sure there are not snags or rough spots.
hammer98762 years ago
Sterling silver only? Have you tried this with silver plated flatware?
smileee22 years ago
Love this idea - wish I had the tools to make one myself!
You might find bending easier if you annealed the material first.
craftknowitall (author)  Quesnelquack2 years ago
JUst got off line learning about annealed metal. Brilliant! I have several handles that I have been contemplating making into bracelets. Now I will anneal the handles first. Now to tine time. Thanks for looking and commenting.
mawel2 years ago
Many thanks, now I can Married my girlfriend!
fantine2 years ago
That's my pattern! Lady Hamilton. I got it from my great aunt.
woodyardboy2 years ago
the one ring to rule them all
LaneyLai2 years ago
This is beautiful. :)
You can use a socket from a socket set to make it round. Just heat it with a gas stove, oven, or any open flame. Then hit and rotate it, then it will be round; dip it in car motor oil to cool it down. Then buff it out...
Horef2 years ago
simple and nice! great idea :)
What a beautiful use of time and creativity. :)
eddevine2 years ago
Love it, more character then I have ever seen
craftknowitall (author)  eddevine2 years ago
Thank you.
Kurisutsure2 years ago
That's so cool! I like that it is homemade, makes it so much more special :)
craftknowitall (author)  Kurisutsure2 years ago
Thank you.
HMice2 years ago