How to Make Flatware (spoon and Forks) Bracelets

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Introduction: How to Make Flatware (spoon and Forks) Bracelets

I love to re-purpose old flatware into wearable works of art.  Here's how I do it.

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Step 1:

I choose 2 matching pieces of flatware.

Step 2:

I pound it flat on the anvil portion of my vise.

Step 3:

I bend it with the flatware bender.  Purchased at www.flatwearable.net

Step 4:

Here's a bunch that have been bent, and some that have been cut to length.  I like to make my bracelet sections 2 3/4" long.

Step 5:

I smooth the cut edge with my mini grinder.

Step 6:

Using a center punch, I mark where I'm going to drill the hole.

Step 7:

I drill out one hole on each end of the piece.  1/16" drill bit works for me.  I use a drill press vice to hold the piece in place while it's being drilled.

Step 8:

I use my dremel tool to clean and dress the drilled holes.  This makes everything smooth.

Step 9:

I buff and polish the sections with my full size bench grinder that have buffing/polishing wheels attached, or I also use a dremel flex shaft with the felt buffing wheels.  That's nice to get into the designs and gets the backside really well.

Step 10:

The piece on the left is before polishing, the piece on the right is polished and ready for the next step.

Step 11:

These pieces are ready for assembly

Step 12:

I get all my findings together and ready to assemble.  I hand wire the beads that are going to be used as the focal point of the bracelet.

Step 13:

I flux and solder each jump ring for added security.  I use a "third hand" to hold the piece for soldering.

Step 14:

I give it a final polish with Renaissance polish.  This helps to protect the piece and keep it from tarnishing.  Now this bracelet is ready for it's new owner!

Step 15:

We've come a long way since my father invented this tool. Check us out at

www.flatwearable.net


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    15 Discussions

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    SuzanneD
    SuzanneD

    Answer 1 year ago

    An 18" bolt cutter. We have a lot of videos on YouTube. Flatwearable Artisan Jewelry

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    walkingpureheart

    thanks for the great tutorial.think I will have to amass some flatware because I love new techniques and the tools to help your job get to the creative side. keep up your creativeness!

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    SuzanneD
    SuzanneD

    Reply 1 year ago

    We've come a long way since my father's first invention. Check us out at www.flatwearable.net

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    Ckmartini
    Ckmartini

    3 years ago

    I LOVE your bracelets! I already have one made from a spoon that I purchased in Mexico. When I wear it I break out in a rash. Is there anything I can do to prevent this?

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    SuzanneD
    SuzanneD

    Reply 3 years ago

    You are allergic to the nickel. Clear nail polish is usually the best thing you can do to coat the areas that touch your skin.

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    chinadolls
    chinadolls

    Reply 3 years ago

    Try coating the inside with clear fingernail polish.

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    debisue
    debisue

    5 years ago

    Where can I buy this device and how much is it or could i have instructions in how it make it

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    Beezs
    Beezs

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I'm very interested in your instructions. I've been making Jewerly from the same flatware that you use from in the 70's and I sell some and make it for friends. Never have seen the metal bender . I use a method from the 70's. Would love to exchange some emails on on instructable with you

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    SuzanneD
    SuzanneD

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Sure, email me anytime. suzanne@flatwearable.com

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    Smalfrii
    Smalfrii

    6 years ago

    Awesome, thank you :)

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    SuzanneD
    SuzanneD

    6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Smalfrii for your comments. I have re-written the tutorial to be more clear on how I make my bracelets.

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    Smalfrii
    Smalfrii

    6 years ago

    Hi there! This seems like a really neat tool, and I was super excited to figure out how to make one for personal use... But there aren't any instructions :/ I totally get that you have to advertise products somewhere, but here probably isn't the best idea.

    Love the tool though, just wish I could make one.