How to Bend Antique Silverware

    CRAFTS CLASSES
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    by Allison Fowler

    About the Author

    Allison Fowler is a music educator in New York, where she teaches instrumental and general music. She received her Master of Music Education degree from Boston University and her Bachelor of Music from the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

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    Bending antique silverware can create interesting pieces of art and jewelry. Rings made from the handles of spoons, for example, are always in high demand. Pendants, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, pins and napkin rings are just a few of the ways that you can give antique silverware new life. With the right equipment, bending antique silverware into jewelry pieces is fairly simple. It is inadvisable, however, to attempt to bend antique silverware without the proper equipment due to the high potential for breakage.

    Things You'll Need

    • Ring forming and bending tool

    Mount the bending tool to your workbench to avoid slippage.

    Choose the size and shape you wish to bend and take measurements using a cloth measuring tape if making a ring or bracelet.

    Locate the appropriate dies for the bend. For rings, you should use a round post die and the matching concave die to achieve the desired result.

    Fit the negative side of the die into the bender and the positive side into the hole.

    Insert the silverware handle into the bender between the dies.

    Pull the lever to bend the metal. Move the metal slowly into the dies as you pull the lever if you wish to bend a larger surface area.

    • Use a jeweler's saw to cut the silverware to the desired length if you aren't using the entire piece.
    • Practice on inexpensive pieces of silverware if you're not sure which die to use to create the desired size and shape.
    • Don't pull the lever too quickly, aim for a slow, steady pull that produces even pressure to avoid uneven bends.

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