Turn a Spoon Into a Palm Tree Necklace

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Introduction: Turn a Spoon Into a Palm Tree Necklace

About: My name is Blake, I make things for a living. I love experimenting with new materials to create sculptures, furniture and everything in between.

In this intstructable, I cover the process of how I turned an ordinary kitchen spoon into a one of a kind palm tree necklace.

Step 1: Find Spoon

Find a good spoon to start with. Think about what size you want your finished pendant to be, and pick an appropriate spoon for the job.

Step 2: Sketch Out Design

Using a permanent marker I sketched out the general shape of a palm tree onto the spoon.

Step 3: Cut Away the Bulk Material and Refine.

Using a rotary tool with a cut off blade I took off material fast. Once I got the general leave shape of the palm tree, I switched to a diamond rotary bit to refine the work further. Be sure to wear gloves and safety glasses when doing this!

Step 4: Sanding & Polishing

I went from 220 Grit up to 600 grit and then buffed it out on a polishing wheel. Lots of detailed sanding to get a mirror finish.

Step 5: Bend the Tree Trunk

Most palm trees have a naturally bent trunk. In order to do this easily I put a torch to the trunk and easily bent it to desired look. Be sure to wear good gloves and have appropriate safety equipment for this!

Step 6: Add Chain.

I decided to tack weld a small chain on the backside of the palm tree. DONT WORRY if you cannot weld, you can easily attach a chain a small dab of epoxy.

Step 7: You Are Finished!

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    25 Comments

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    EmmitS1
    EmmitS1

    1 year ago

    At first, I thought, I'd use a jeweler's saw to cut this out. Then I remembered all my projects using a jeweler's saw on stainless steel. Better your way. If it had been a sterling silver spoon, I would have gone to the jeweler's saw.

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    throbscottle
    throbscottle

    1 year ago

    When I saw this I thought, "oh here go, someone else with a laser cutter (yawn)". But I am very pleasantly surprised! Lovely piece of work, very convincing palm tree shape, well done!

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    I wish I had a laser cutter! Cant beat doing things by hand sometimes. Thanks for the compliments!

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    _willow_
    _willow_

    1 year ago

    that is amazing

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Thank you!

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    rkrishnan7
    rkrishnan7

    1 year ago

    This is a beautiful! work of art!
    I think you mean "Necklace", not "Neckless", which would apply to certain certain heavy set athletes!

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Well that is embarrassing. Quite the Brain fart there.

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    snowf7
    snowf7

    Reply 1 year ago

    That is a work of art! You got my vote. I would vote twice if they would let me. It has my mind wondering what else could be made from a spoon. A Christmas tree, Turtle, Spider, Spider web, Coiled Snake, Cat face, Flower with a stem. I am sure that there are others out there with great imaginations who can come up with other projects. It isn't often that I find a project that can be done with basic tools. Thanks for posting this.

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    I like the turtle idea... That would turn out great! Thanks for checking out my work!

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    fbianco
    fbianco

    Reply 1 year ago

    There's still one in the description, right before "Step 1" :)

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    snowf7
    snowf7

    Reply 1 year ago

    Are you certain certain? LOL. Just kidding with you.

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    tlebsack
    tlebsack

    1 year ago

    I'm admiring the necklace AND the work bench !!

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    haha Thanks!

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    cjraabe
    cjraabe

    1 year ago

    Cool finished product, but what's even cooler is that I already have all the tools and supplies to do this. Now the time and inclination . . . Thanks

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    Awesome! It is a fun little project!

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    mur308
    mur308

    1 year ago

    Very nice.

    Wonderful handskills. Great work. Just a suggestion, I think you'll find that the distinctive piece you've crafted is a "necklace" rather than a "neckless".

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    BMsculptures
    BMsculptures

    Reply 1 year ago

    haha oops. Brainfart