Did you know that August 23 is tutorial day here at Thistlewood?
I mean a real tutorial.
With numbered steps.
Not a tutorial that was supposed to be about how to add trim to a sheet and then ended up as a random numbered post about a trip to Wal-Mart.
What was that? Seriously. All I can say is around here…..some posts just write themselves.
So no random post today.
We are having tutorial day because I decided that I love this project. And it was so easy. And looks amazing. And I wanted to tell you all about it. In great detail.
And I didn’t want any distractions.
Therefore…… I am going to refrain from talking about my son’s attempt to get me to help him with his homework by saying……“Come on Mom. If you help me…..you could call it a project and put it on your blog.”
And I’m not going to tell you that I found this great set of stencils at the dollar store or that “The Real Housewives of New York” is really great this season or that I just learned about the timer on my camera.
Nothing like that today.
We don’t have time.
We have a tutorial to get to.
Stamped Silver Spoon Bracelet
1. Start with a silver plate spoon.
Soup spoons are the best.
This is shaped like a sugar spoon which is second best.
It really needs to be silver plate because it is an easy metal to stamp.
2. Flatten the head of the spoon.
Place the spoon on a hard surface and use a rubber mallet.
After you flatten it, depending on the depth of the spoon, you may have little ripples.
This is fine.
It gives it character.
3. Decide what you want to stamp on your spoon bracelet.
I stamped “spread joy around.”
You could put a date (anniversary, birthday, etc.)
You could put family names.
You get the idea
4. Stamp the flattened spoon.
I used 3/32 size stamps.
To stamp the silver…..place the spoon on a metal stamping block.
Then, place the stamp where you want the letter to be located on your silver and hit with a regular household hammer.
I usually hammer it about four times to make a good letter impression.
Just a quick suggestion: I have it on good authority that standing up while stamping silver makes it a little easier.
5. Take a permanent marker with a fine tip and trace the letters.
6. Your letters should look like this.
If there is too much ink on your letters, you can scrub lightly with the rough side of a sponge and the excess will come off.
This is easier than it looks.
The silver plate is pretty pliable.
We bent it around an old metal pole and hammered it into shape.
Then I adjusted it to fit my wrist.
Now…..aren’t you glad you were here for tutorial day?
Don’t get used to it, though.
I think tutorial day only comes around once a year.
And we have plenty to discuss about those Housewives of New York between now and then
To see more of my stamped silver projects….click here!