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how can i bend a fork like this? Answered

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

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StrangeDucks
StrangeDucks

Best Answer 7 years ago

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
steveastrouk

7 years ago

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

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iceng
iceng

Answer 7 years ago

Spencer used a stainless steel fork..

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

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

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iceng
iceng

Answer 7 years ago

Good choice, Stainless does not work-harden !

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

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

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

ok I thought it was a little high...

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

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

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

thanks for the info

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iceng
iceng

Answer 7 years ago

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.

A.

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

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

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iceng
iceng

Answer 7 years ago

That would work.

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

what should I use then confused

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steveastrouk
steveastrouk

Answer 7 years ago

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

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

no idea

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rickharris
rickharris

7 years ago

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
Josehf Murchison

7 years ago

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
iceng

7 years ago

Start with a good fork :-)

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

now I have thanks to this link

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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

no I havn't

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kelseymh
kelseymh

7 years ago

There is no fork.
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nerd7473
nerd7473

Answer 7 years ago

lol

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mpilchfamily
mpilchfamily

7 years ago

Good bit of heat and silicon tipped pliers.

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oldmicah
oldmicah

Answer 7 years ago

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
mrmerino

7 years ago

Holy cow. Uh, heat and patience.