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here's how to make spoon rings. I've searched the site and cant find an instructable on how to make them, so i thought i would put one up. and sorry about the bad photos, i ain't too good with macro shots
 
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Step 1: What You Need

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Hammer

Pliers

File

Socket wrench the same size around as your finger

Wire cutters/tin snips

And of course

A spoon (or fork) with a decorative handle in a pattern of your choice

Step 2: Cutting The Spoon

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First, pick an existing ring that fits the finger you want the spoon ring to fit, alternatively, you could use a set of THESE, then find a socket  that is a snug fit around the inside of the ring, once you find the correct size socket, measure the circumference of it with a tape measure (the cloth type works best) and cut the handle to that length with the wire cutters/tin snips. use a file to round out the edges.

Step 3: Bending It

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This step can sometimes be hard, depending on the spoon being used.
first, take the spoon and lay it on the socket. use a piece of heave fabric to cover it to prevent scratches, and hold with pliers (see pictures) then slowly bend it around the socket. now carefully tap the end flush with the hammer (a rubber mallet works better. but i didn't have one at the time of writing this).

Step 4: Polish (Optional)

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If your spoon was like mine and old and dull you might want to polish it. there are a few ways to do it but i recommend a buffing wheel and a bench grinder. but a little elbow grease, a soft  cloth, brasso (tarn x if using a sterling silver spoon) and a LOT of time and patentance will work just fine. now stand back and admire your beautiful creation. if anything was unclear just leave a comment with your question and i'l do my best help you
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A better picture of the ring, and my fork elephant for the other half of the equation. Tools used for the elephant were tin snips, neddle nose pliers, a cordless drill, and a bench grinder for smoothing (sand paper or some such would work as well). Thanks again to Mr. Mountaineer.
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It's been a while since you posted the pic of the fork elephant, Just wondering if you would consider doing an Instructable on how you did it. Wondering how you 'curled' the trunk. Thanks! Helen
AWESOME! cant say as I've ever seen a fork elephant before.
Etsy has a plethora of ideas, the forktopus is next on my list.
bdempsey11 year ago
Use the leftover spoon part to make an archer's thumb ring. :)
chipf bdempsey112 months ago
Or a fishing spoon
chase326151 year ago
This is awesome, i'm gonna make one for my girlfriend.
Video20121 year ago
Well done my crafty man! I have a silver fork wind chime that we really do not like the sound of, its just too noisy. So, I will give this a try, sounds like fun!
I saw the title "Spoon Rings" and immediately thought of a very particular set of spoons I inherited when my granny passed away. To my surprise, your instructable uses the exact same pattern spoon! What are the odds? Just wanted to share my little moment that brought a smile to my face. Thanks for that.
mr.mountaineer (author)  verajennifer1 year ago
I'm glad you liked it! and ironically, that is the same way i got my spoons. my aunt knew i made jewelry, so when my pappy passed away last year, she let me take all of the silverware i wanted. and by the way, welcome to instructables!
I have to thank you for this idea and instructable. My grandmother is due to pass away very soon and many fond family memories are of home cooking at her house. I was recently told to think about any mementos I might want, but this instructable has me focused on only wanting enough silverware to make rings for myself, brother, sister and for my three cousins. For my mom and two aunts I plan to make bracelets from some forks. Thank you for this inspiration.
Thats awesome! please take pics..
The trouble I'm having is that my handle has a wavy pattern on both sides and creates spots of alternating thickness. It wants to bend easier on the thinner sections, so I'm having issues getting it to be nicely rounded. Also both ends of my piece don't want to mate up, one end just won't bend down to meet the other.
So, yeah... Blowtorch? Any other suggestions?
mr.mountaineer (author)  Pat_Maroney1 year ago
a torch would do it but i don't recommended using one (it severely discolors the metal, especially stainless steel) but don't worry about it not being perfectly round, Ive probably made a few dozen, and maybe five or six turned out reel good (in my opinion) so if it's not perfect, hey, so what, that just means its hand-made and your not a robot ;-)
tarakian1 year ago
If you have trouble bending the metal, try gently heating it with a torch. Be careful not to burn yourself or anyone or anything else. Gentle heat is the key, the torch can probably melt these softer metals pretty easily, especially silver.
mfairchild1 year ago
Yeah, this is nearly impossible for me. I got no strength to bend it *cries*
Awesome! I'm going to find an old silver spoon and make one. Yours turned out really pretty.
mr.mountaineer (author)  new_belleview1 year ago
Thanks!
zizzy11 year ago
Thank you so much for sharing!
mr.mountaineer (author)  zizzy11 year ago
Your welcome.
101341 year ago
Beautiful!!! I love it! :)
mr.mountaineer (author)  101341 year ago
Thanks!
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Awesome work! and for the pictures, might i suggest THIS, i use it all the time and it works great.
There's an idea, plenty affordable too. Thanks.
Elvis Arg1 year ago
Very Nice!
mr.mountaineer (author)  Elvis Arg1 year ago
Thank You!
linrodann1 year ago
Ooh, it looks easier than I had imagined it would be. Thanks for posting!
mr.mountaineer (author)  linrodann1 year ago
no problem. thanks for looking.
Decided to do this one today and it didn't come out too bad for a first try. It will be tinkered on later though. Some of the questions people had are easier than they seem if you just hit your workbench and see what you have. I clipped the bowl with a pair of tin snips that only managed to score a line, the spoon handle broke pretty clean on the line after bending it back and forth though. The time was a bout 30-45 minutes like Mountaineer says it is. And if you have trouble getting it to bend try beating it into submission with the rubber mallet, worked wonders for me. If you do hammer on it use vice grips instead of pliers though for a better hold. A picture will follow when I get to a camera. Love the 'ible.
thanks for the comment.
bobbiedelva2 years ago
Can you discuss in a little more detail the cutting portion. I have wire cutters and they are barely making a mark on a silver plated spoon.
I just use a zip cutter on my rotary tool (drimmel) it is faster and makes a cleaner cut.
kattynasco2 years ago
it looks proffesianal. you should definately sell these. who knows how much money you would make?!
mr.mountaineer (author)  kattynasco2 years ago
yes they do sell good and I get $8.50 a piece for them
WOW! that's great!! ive always wondered what it it would be like to sell my own creations...
love this project. i'm guessing you could heat the metal with a small torch and then form it.
thanks for sharing
mr.mountaineer (author)  dragonflydazd2 years ago
yes you can but you would likely damage it as I have tried it because it would make the metal much softer and would dent it.
Scully25692 years ago
I am not clear on how you bend the spoon around the socket.
mr.mountaineer (author)  Scully25692 years ago
You just wrap it around the socket which can be hard depending on the how thick the spoon handle is. sorry if this didn't help but I'm not sure how to explain it any better
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