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Update a simple glass butter dish by adding a bent piece of silverware. Glue to top using a good adhesive like E-6000. It's probably best to wash by hand.
Approximate Time: 30 mins.
I wanted some unusual tie-backs for my curtains. I like old oak furniture and countryish stuff. So I had the idea to take two beautiful old silverplated spoons that I owned and I bent them back into a "U" shape. I then drilled through the spoons into the window trim and had a beautiful and unique tie-back set.
The spoons also made me think of my grandmother. Before doing this, the spoons just sat in an old chest and were never used. Larger soup spoons can be used for bigger windows. Also, make sure before you bend the spoons which side of the spoon you want displayed. Some of my very old spoons have interesting "bowls" on them and that is the part I like to show. Usually I like the engraved or decorated handles to show.
By Janet from Brant Rock, MA
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I am looking for a craft person who was at the Mount Dora fair this past March. They had a lot of lovely things, but their crosses where just beautiful and I need to reach them. Thank you in advance for any help you can give me.
Why not contact the folks that run the fair.
Phone: (352) 735-1191
Email: Stephanie AT MtDora.org
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I am trying to figure out how to bend silverware for craft projects. Will I need a torch and will a torch be okay for silverplate? I saw the silverware handles, but can't find instructions on how to do this, and I want to bend them for more than that project.
By Suzy from Merlin, OR
For my bent silverware that I glue onto glass butter dish (see on Thriftyfun), I simply used my hands to bend into the shape I wanted and that fit the top. More modern flatware can be harder to bend than the old silver stuff. I've never used heat with any of my projects. For place card holders using forks, I used a pair of needle-nosed pliers to bend the tines into the shape I wanted. Very easy to do with the older silver. Longer tines are easier, too. I think it's a lot of experimenting. For making finer jewelry, you will probably need more equipment. Rubber mallets, dowels and possible heat. Hope this helps.
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I was wondering if anyone knew how to bend silverware to use as cabinet knobs and drawer pulls? I have both forks and spoons I want to use for this.
Thanks for your help.
Brenda from Wyoming
Editor's Note: Here is the link to that kitchen makeover with the silverware drawer pulls.
How do I bend silverware for drawer pulls and/or how do I find answers for last November's post on this subject?
Jane from Ridgeway, SC
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