Silverware Jewelry Tutorial

by Angela on September 8, 2011

A few of you had asked for a tutorial for the silverware pendants, so today I thought I would show you how I make them.  Now, by no means am I am a professional jewelry maker!  SO, if you have a better way of doing something PLEASE leave me a comment letting us know.

Here are two different silverware jewelry tutorials.

1. Quote Pendant

Supplies you will need:  stamping set, hammer, scrap of wood, drill w/metal bit, sharpie, steel wool, side-cutters, rubber mallet.

You can find the stamp set at most hardware stores.  I got mine at Harbor Freight for about $10.

And of course, you will also need a beautiful piece of antique silverware.

The piece I’m using is a serving spoon.  I love the detail on the scoop part!

First you need to set the “scoop” flat.  I start by using the rubber mallet and hammering the front.  Then I normally turn it over and use the hammer to finish flattening it.

Once you have it somewhat flat, use a sharpie to mark out where you want the letters.

Use the metal stamping set to add the letters.  My suggestion is to practice on a scrap piece of metal first.  You just hold the letter very sturdy (easiest to hold closer to the bottom) and whack it with a hammer.  The thicker the metal the harder this is. This piece was pretty malleable.

To get the sharpie off, use steel wool to buff it off.

If you want the lettering to stand out a little more, just fill in with the marker then buff again.

Use the metal drill bit and make a whole to hang it.  This is easiest on a scrap piece of wood.

Now is the somewhat difficult part…cutting the silverware!

The best solution I came up with is using side-cutters.  The thicker the metal the harder.  You just have to keep working it until you have it scored well.  Then hold the piece steady with the side-cutters on the finished area and use another pair of pliers to break it off.

Make sure the whole is fairly close to the top, so the “o” ring you hang it with will fit! ;)  I made this mistake TOO many times.

To smooth out the edge, I just scrape it on concrete.  It will work like a grinding stone.

You can use it as a necklace or key chain!

I added a little pearl for a little something extra.

2.  Pendant

Supplies needed:  drill w/metal bit, side-cutters, piece of silverware and a scrap of wood.

Start by making a whole where you want the top to be.

Just like the above tutorial, use the side-cutters to score and “break” the metal.

This type of pendant is fairly easy to make. I added a pearl drop on this one too!

~Angela

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Stacey@A Sort Of Fairytale September 12, 2011 at 11:32 pm

This is awesome! Great job on some lovely jewelry!
You should link up to my Esty Shop party on Thursdays, BTW.
I am following you now… :)

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Project Queen (Mandy) September 14, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Oh I love this! Great tutorial. Will give it a try!
Mandy
http://www.projectqueen.org

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kristin September 19, 2011 at 11:32 pm

This is beautiful! I’ll be linking it tomorrow :)
XO
Kristin

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Christie September 20, 2011 at 2:34 am

Thank you for the tutorial! I have some old silverware of my grandmothers that I would love to try to make into jewelry or garden stakes! Thanks for sharing step by step! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

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Mandy September 21, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Hi Angela, enjoyed your pics of the fair! I looked at them very, very closely! ha! GREAT STUFF!
I would love it if you would link this project up to my 1st EVER link party. I would LOVE to link something to your transfer party, but I don’t have anything I have transferred yet, but I’m getting ready to…when I do, I promise to link up!
http://www.projectqueen.org

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Pumpkin Pie Painter October 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Ooo, this looks like sooo much fun!!! I’ve been wanting to try those letter stamps. Did you get those at Harbor Freight, too? I just need more projects to try. :) But this looks sooo fun!!

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Angela November 2, 2011 at 11:51 pm

Yes, the stamps are from HF. You’ll have to let me know if you try it!

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Elizabeth January 22, 2012 at 5:52 am

Hi, just ran across your blog and love your style.

You’ve probably heard/read about this between then and now, but if not – check out some info about annealing the metal. It makes it a whole lot easier to work the metal flat by softening it. (Hammering it restores the “hardness”.) I’ve made literally thousands of pieces of repurposed silverware items and I tell you, the difference between working un-annealed and annealed metal – flatware in particular – is astounding!

Keep making the world a more beautiful place… :)

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Maureen March 26, 2012 at 12:57 am

This is awesome! I hope you don’t mind but I added it to my Pinterest board. If you want me to remove it, let me know.

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Maggie January 22, 2013 at 6:10 pm

I am working on things like this but am having a hard time deciding what size stamps…what size are you using? Thank you! Crafting in NE

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Angela January 22, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Maggie, I have two sets: 1/8″ and 1/4″ sizes. It will depend on the size of the piece I’m working with. I got both my sets at Harbor Freight and they were around $10 each. Hope that helps!
~Angela

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Barb February 17, 2013 at 2:26 am

Couldn’t you use a hacksaw to cut the silverware? Then smooth with a file or the concrete.

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Angela February 19, 2013 at 2:56 am

Barb, you can definitely use a hacksaw. I would just make sure you clamped the silverware so it wouldn’t move.

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delicious.com October 24, 2013 at 12:06 am

I’m truly enjoying the design and layout of your blog.
It’s a very easy on the eyes which makes it much more pleasant for mme to come heree and
visit more often. Didd you hire out a designer to create your
theme? Great work!

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Angela October 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Yes, I had someone design it! :)

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maryanne November 2, 2013 at 5:36 pm

thanks for a great demo for newbies like me. Best I’ve seen, detailed, but not overtalked.

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Barb November 3, 2013 at 1:39 am

Great instructions!

Thank you!

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Beth January 12, 2014 at 4:47 pm

Thanks so much for sharing this info, Angela! We have my husband ‘s mother’s flatware -and I’d love to share pieces with the family with her initials or name stamped on it. However, hers is stainless, not silver. Have you tried this technique on stainless? Just curious. Think I might give it a try on an odd piece or two. Thanks again for sharing with us!

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Angela January 14, 2014 at 11:59 pm

Beth, it’s much harder to work with stainless steel. If you are not getting too fancy, it might work? Stamping stainless is almost impossible. Good luck!

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Karen February 9, 2014 at 8:12 pm

I like to bend the handle to make a bale on the top, then cut it when you have it bant about half way.

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Angela February 11, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Thanks for sharing your tip!!

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