Rings upcycled from vintage or antique silver spoons are easy to construct. Spoon rings are ageless jewelry. This tutorial will explain how to make a ring from vintage or antique flatware.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Things You'll Need:
Jewelry saw & blades
Select an old spoon to use to create a ring. Vintage and antique sterling silver or sterling plate flatware work particularly well and will make interesting jewelry.
Determine the size ring you need by measuring your finger or the finger of the person for whom you plan to make the ring. If you do not have a ring sizing tool, take a piece of paper and wrap it around the finger for which you plan to make the ring. Mark and cut the paper to the ring size needed.
Place the sizing paper on the decorative end of the spoon. Cut the spoon to size using a jewelry saw.
File the end of the cut metal until quite smooth, then use sand paper or sanding sponges until the metal is smooth enough to be worn as a ring. You can use traditional files and sand paper or a flex shaft and sanding tools to smooth and then sand the metal.
Small butane torch.
To make forming the ring easier, anneal the metal cut from the spoon with a torch. If you do not have a torch, you can still form the ring but the metal will be more difficult to move and shape.
Form the ring by wrapping the cut metal around a ring mandrel at the size needed. Use a forming mallet to shape.
Finish the ring by buffing and polishing to a high shine. You can leave the spoon ring shiny or you can chose from a variety of alternate finishes. For example, you can add a mat or scratch finish. You can also add color through patina or enamel.
Tips & Warnings
Note that this ring requires no soldering. When you are done forming, there will be a slight gap between the finished end of the spoon and the cut end; this gap is part of the design.
If you are cutting from a sterling silver spoon, be sure to save the scrap. You can melt down the silver yourself and use it in another project or you can send the scrap back to a refiner and turn your scrap into cash.
Use fire safety precautions when working with a torch.
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