I used one of the silver plate spoons from the lot that I won in a flea market silent auction recently. I showed that in this thrifted finds post here.
I don’t have an anvil (but I’m on the hunt for one) so to flatten and stamp my spoons, or whatever cutlery I’m working on, right now I use a large and massively heavy slab of marble that we use as the bottom step off of our back deck. It was left behind by the previous home owners.
I use an old t shirt underneath… one without any texture in the material. Texture can be transferred onto the spoon when you’re flattening it.
I always start with the spoon face down. I’m not sure it matters, but that’s how I do it.
I put the t shirt on top as well.
And then I just use my regular household hammer to flatten the spoon… turning the spoon over and over until I’m happy with the end result. There’s no real technique here… just go for it.
Then I hammer down the handle of the spoon to flatten that out as well.
For this project I’m using the Tekton metal stamping kit that I bought off of Amazon. It’s working really great for me. It’s what I use when I’m stamping entire words on my projects.
The letters are 5/32″ high, and it includes capital letters A to Z, numbers 0 to 9, and the & sign.
If you do a search on Amazon, or on Google for that matter, you’ll find all kinds of kits out there.
I place my spoon on the fabric… this helps to keep it from moving. I decide what word I’m stamping and figure out how far apart I want the letters to be. I do this just by eyeballing it.
Then I line up my stamp, double checking to make sure that it’s facing the right way. Believe me it’s so easy to stamp a letter upside down.
For this project I’m doing my word vertically. I’m still practicing doing words horizontally on wood because I find that much harder. Once I’m confident I’m good enough at lining up the letters I’ll try a spoon project.
I make sure I have a firm grasp of the stamp, and then I hit it 3 to 4 times with my regular household hammer. It’s almost impossible to put the stamp back in place if you don’t hit it enough times to make a good impression. I’ve tried and it doesn’t look good.
It does take some practice to get to know how hard you need to hit, and how many times. I practiced on some silver spoons that were in bad shape before trying an actual project.
Here’s my spoon… all stamped, and at this point you can hardly see the word.
This is where a permanent Sharpie comes in, and I mark over the letters… leaving it for a few seconds.
This is what it looks like after you rub the spoon with a slightly damp paper towel to remove the excess marker.
You may have to do this a couple of times to get the depth you like.
I chose the word listen because to me it’s one of the most important things that every one of us should do. In our every day lives of course, but also when we’re reading.
John and I are big readers and books are precious to us. And it’s not just about seeing and reading the words… it’s about listening and hearing them.
To me there’s no difference between reading a great book and listening to great music.
Now when I open a book and see the word listen on the spoon it immediately reminds me to slow myself down, put the busyness of the day behind me, and just enjoy whatever book I’m reading.
I kind of did this project backwards because I took advantage of a nice afternoon to flatten and stamp spoons outside and I knew I could do the drilling inside anytime, but I do usually drill the holes into the handles first. Not sure it matters though.
Silver and silver plate spoons are very easy to drill into if you are using a metal bit. I use a 3/32″or 1/16″ drill bit specifically made for metal. The trick is as you’re drilling you put just enough pressure on the drill with your weight to help guide it without breaking the bit.
There’s no way to know how much pressure is just enough without just trying it yourself. When I was first learning I broke a few bits before I got the hang of it, but they’re pretty cheap so it didn’t worry me.
See, there’s the hole.
I looped a long ornament hanger into the hole and added some beads to it. Because it’s Christmas I used red and white, sort of going for the candy cane look. I made a simple loop at the end with pliers and added a bead from an old broken earring.
Last week I showed you this fabulous vintage junkin’ book that I found recently. Well here’s the bookmark in use while I’m reading it.
Because this book is rather thin, I slid the spoon in to mark my page and bent the wire over the front cover.
If I’m reading a thicker book, I’ll simply twist the wire so it sticks out the top of the book like this.