So, I’m quasi-retired. I’ll admit it. I miss teaching. I asked the new art teacher (my amazingly positive and sweet replacement, Liz) if I could do a jewelry workshop for some of her kids. Needless to say, she snapped up the offer. So I went to “work” today, and prepped a small demo for 5 kids. And they were awesome! Keen, motivated and skilled. Here is a small step-by-step demo of making a ring from an old silver or silver-plated spoon.
Pick a silver or silver-plated spoon that has an interesting handle design. Use a hacksaw or jeweler’s saw to cut the bowl off of the handle. Cut slowly-use light pressure. Save the bowl for another project. Using your finger, bend the handle around a mandrel or large metal rod. If the silver is too hard, it may need to be annealed (softened) by heating the metal with a propane (BQ) torch until the silver glows.
If one cannot bend the ring with one’s fingers, use a rubber or leather mallet. If the narrow end of the ring is rough, it should be filed very smooth.
Check to make sure the ring fits the finger.
If the ring is snug, the ring can be pried open a bit to make a larger size.
Polish the ring with a buffing cloth, silver polish, or a buffing wheel. It’s that easy.