Saturday, December 6, 2014

Heirloom Spoon Necklaces

Do you remember your 16th birthday?

Did you receive a present? Was it something special that could be stashed in the garage?

On my sixteenth birthday, instead of a set of keys and four wheels, my parents had hidden a cedar chest in the garage. I was ushered to the garage all those years ago and sitting in the empty space was a... box to store all my "hopes".

That's right- a hope chest!

Granted, I was probably the only 16 year old in my high school with a carefully curated assortment of spoons, towels, and blankets.

However, many years later, I am so thankful that I had these treasures passed down to me from my parents and grandparents. Unlike a car, these heirlooms appreciate over time and won't be rusted out leaking oil in a forgotten salvage yard. 

My Grandmother Opal had given me a collection of silverware that once belonged to a great aunt. Over the years, I have misplaced a few pieces and the wayward cutlery has not been seen since. I decided to preserve the memory of my Grandma's spoons by making a necklace with some jewelry making supplies I received from House of Gems.

It was easy to order from House of Gems with fast delivery and wonderful customer support. I was amazed at the assortment of wholesale beads and jewelry making supplies available on their site. As bead crafts tumbled through my head, I was able to order ALL the supplies I needed in one location. I definitely enjoyed my package and would recommend purchasing beading supplies from House of Gems.

However, I did make a few novice mistakes- I ordered clasps for the necklace, but forgot to order the opposite ends. I also underestimated the talent and time that go into making great jewelry pieces. Making jewelry is not as easy as it looks. Oops!

After all these years, I won't mention the exact number BUT Clinton was in office, I decided to take an old spoon and apply wholesale beads to make a piece of jewelry that I can wear to keep my Grandmother close.

To make your heirloom spoon necklace you will need the following:

  • a favorite old book or novel
  • 7 fresh water (6mm) peacock pearls  (or similar wholesale beads)
  • an old spoon
  • wire cutters
  • memory wire
  • gray ribbon (or coordinating color) 
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks
  • stainless steel chain (about 2 feet)
  • stainless steel trigger clasp (15x8 mm)
  • soft touch beading wire (stainless steel nylon coated)

Here is how I made my heirloom spoon necklace:

  • First, I chose my old spoons and snipped the handles off leaving a little to bend over to create a hook. If you need to, recruit someone with muscles or power tools to help with this step. I had to use my husband...

  • Next, I found an old novel to create some beautiful miniature roses. My Grandmother was a schoolteacher, librarian, and avid reader so I chose a text that would remind me of her.  
  • Then I crafted paper roses using the pages from the book. I found a great tutorial over at 100 Layer Cake to make them.
  • First, cut out small arches, similar to "church windows". You will need 4 or more of each size and it would be a great idea to cut a few extra.
  • Roll the edges under and pinch the bases to make the paper look more like petals. Don't worry if they aren't perfect.

  • Cut a piece of wire a few inches in length. Take a pearl and stick it on one end of the wire. You may need to bend the wire over to secure your pearl.

  • Take the smallest petals and "roll" it around the wire. You will need a small bit of hot glue to keep them in place.

  • Keep rotating the petals and attaching them in increasing size. Feel free to manipulate the paper roses to get the shape you desire.

  • Finally, cut the rose from the remaining wire and start another one.

  • Keep working until you have the desired amount of roses and then arrange them into your spoon.
  • Carefully, hot glue the roses in the base of the spoon.
  • Take snippets of ribbon to fill in the extra spaces and fill out your design.

  • Next, take the extra pearls and attach with wire or glue to add pops of color and balance your piece.

  • Finally, attach your chain and clasps.
  • Voila! You have created a one-of-a-kind homemade jewelry piece with wholesale beads!

What do you like to make with beads?

*Disclosure- This post was sponsored by House Of Gems. They compensated me with free product to create a craft of my choice. All opinions of the product are mine.


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