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Step-by-Step Guide: How "Vintage Sterling Spoon Rings" are made.

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#1 - Ring Selection

The first and most important step in making a sterling silver spoon ring is selecting the right spoon.
  • All my Vintage Sterling Spoon Rings are made from... you guessed it - Vintage Sterling Silver Spoons.
  • I never use silverplated spoons, reproductions, or cheap copies... EVER!
  • All spoons have been personally selected by me for their overall condition... quality... and elegance of design.

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#2 - Remove Bowl

When removing the spoons bowl it is important that the length of the handle is right for the ring you are making.
 
Spoon type determines ring size:
  • Demitasse spoons are used for smaller ring sizes (size 5 to 8 1/2)
  • Five O'clock spoons \ teaspoons for medium and large sizes (size 8 to 10+)
  • Ice Tea spoons for Double Spirals rings.

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#3 - Prep Handle

Once the handle has been removed there are several steps that need to be taken before forming the ring.
  • Re-check length of handle to insure proper length.
  • Up close inspection with OptiVISOR to locate and buff out minor dings and scratches.
  • Initial polishing of the soon to be inside of the ring... it's easier when it's flat.

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#4 -Anneal (soften) spoon handle

Prior to bending the spoon handle is softened (annealed) w/ an acetylene torch
 
This prevents cracking or otherwise damaging the sterling while the ring is being formed.
 
With some styles (double spiral) and/or rings made from spoons w/ heavy handles (Unger Bros) this process is repeated several times as required to protect the final product.

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#5 - Bend & Size Ring

Bend and size handle with:
  • Ring mandrel using a leather mallet
  • Various bending / shaping jewelers pliers

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#6 - Cleaning, Polishing & Final Inspection

Finally the ring is cleaned and polished using:
  • a buffing wheel (outside)
  • a dremel tool (inside)
  • a rock tumbler w/ stainless steel shot (overall finish)
After polishing is completed all rings are re-inspected prior to shipping.

 
About Vintage Sterling Spoon Rings
"Vintage Sterling Spoon Rings" started selling spoon rings at 'Flea Markets' and 'Artists Fairs' but after moving to the 'Desert Southwest' I found that there are several months a year that 'Artists Fairs' and 'Flea Markets' don't exist... It's just too damn darn hot!
 
So, in the summer of 2010, I moved from 'Artists Fairs' to eBay... It was a great move! Ring sales at eBay - Vintage Sterling Spoon Rings as of April 29, 2013 have surpassed the 730 ring's sold mark and, with 100% positive feedback I have earned both the eBay "Power seller" and the "Top-rated Plus seller" performance awards.
 
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The "Vintage Serling Spoon Ring" workbench...

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... where all the rings I sell are made.

 
Send your comments or questions to: stevek@sterlingspoonrings.com