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http://pinterest.com/pin/67835538110151033/ my mom wants a bracelet like this any ideas on how to make it?

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StrangeDucksBest Answer (author)2013-05-26

You don't need to use a sterling silver fork... Silver plate works well and is easily available in thrift stores pretty often. If you find them, buy a couple... you might not like your first attempt or two, and they are usually less than $1. (Take a magnet with you. If it's magnetic, it's stainless steel.. if it's not, it's probably silver plate.. or silver.. which is a rare find in a thrift store... or plastic, but I trust you could divine that without the magnet! :)
Use a good pair of big, pointy pliers and clamp the fork into a vice (by the bottom, with the tines pointing up) If the pliers have teeth, put a piece of microfiber or other cloth over the jaws. The fork tines should bend pretty easily with enough force. To round it, into bracelet shape, you can use a mallet to form it around a round piece of wood.
Good luck!

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steveastrouk (author)2013-05-22

Is that really a standard stainless steel fork, or is it actually silver ?

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iceng (author)steveastrouk2013-05-22

Spencer used a stainless steel fork..

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nerd7473 (author)iceng2013-05-22

since silver is expensive for a guy with no money i will stick to stainless

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iceng (author)nerd74732013-05-22

Good choice, Stainless does not work-harden !

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nerd7473 (author)iceng2013-05-22

ok then where can I get a silver fork on the cheap?

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steveastrouk (author)nerd74732013-05-23

http://www.riogrande.com/Product/Sterling-Silver-1-Strip-18-Ga-Dead-Soft/100399?Pos=5

...about 37 bucks for a 6" long, 1" wide piece, since you actually want it only an inch wide at "the end", you could go for 4" of 3/8wide and silver-solder a chunk for the tines on the end.

18Ga is perhaps a bit thin though.

Point is, silver isn't murderously expensive

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nerd7473 (author)steveastrouk2013-05-23

ok I thought it was a little high...

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steveastrouk (author)nerd74732013-05-23

You could probably do it for around 20 bucks, if you were careful with materials.

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iceng (author)nerd74732013-05-22

Not work-hardening is a Big Plus for steel..

Silver is a metal that as you flex and bend it will progressively harden.
That means the metal will crack and break as you try to bend and
reshape the thongs which is a bad feature for your desired pretzel.

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steveastrouk (author)iceng2013-05-23

....so you anneal it periodically.....

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nerd7473 (author)iceng2013-05-23

what should I use then confused

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steveastrouk (author)iceng2013-05-23

???Stainless steels work harden significantly, but that depends on the grade.

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rickharris (author)2013-05-22

generally try to find a silver fork. Use round pliers and a bangle mandrel to bend.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=cutlery+jewellery

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Josehf Murchison (author)2013-05-22

Prison jewelry most likely real silver.

Believe it or not you just bend it into shape and polish.

I have seen spoons hammered into skull rings.

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iceng (author)2013-05-21

Start with a good fork :-)

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nerd7473 (author)iceng2013-05-22

now I have thanks to this link

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kelseymh (author)2013-05-21
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mpilchfamily (author)2013-05-21

Good bit of heat and silicon tipped pliers.

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oldmicah (author)mpilchfamily2013-05-22

Totally agree on the pliers. It's very easy to put tool marks in, and very hard to get them out. I've also gone the rout of wrapping pliers In a bit of leather. Be doubly careful if you start with silver.

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mrmerino (author)2013-05-21

Holy cow. Uh, heat and patience.

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