Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Silver Lining Process!

   What better way to up-cycle and re purpose the treasured heirloom of family silver than creating wearable and usable items from these ornate utensils.  The history behind them is honored with their new function.  Having myself a set of prized "silver" in the family I am all to aware of how often it gets used and appreciated. The idea behind the Silver Lining line at Revisions Design Studio is to give value to an often forgotten item.
   That said, going from spoon to ring takes a number of steps not to mention swipes of the file. The following is a step by step summary of how our studio takes tableware from tarnished to terrific!

One of the many great things about the use of silverware in this application of household use and fashion, I feel, is the little amount of space and tools used to make such an adored product. The studio space shown in this picture is where each of the steps takes place! In the corner a board for patina, containers for files and the few other tools used in the process, the bottom left corner a table vice for cutting and most importantly on the edge of the table the bending tool which really makes it all happen.

The process begins simply, with a nice smelly bath in liver of sulfur for each handle.  This yellow liquid is brushed on as a patina which darkens the metals surface. 
    After the patina has had time to work its magic, usually it takes a while and often two coats are necessary for an even finish a quick rinse with warm water and the bending process begins.

   In making rings the utensil is left whole and only cut after measurements are estimated and ring size determined. I have learned all to many times that you can always take metal away but it is rather difficult and in the case of our spoon jewelry impossible to add metal back. 

    Gripped between the interchangeable front metal dye and the white plastic puzzle like piece, the spoon/fork handle is gradually bent and manipulated to fit the size required. Once properly adjusted excess metal is cut using a Dremmel tool and finishing touches begin.

   Sharp edges are filed down to create a smooth edge for the wearer. After filing the ring is bent to proper size and position buffed and cleaned using a rough scrubbing pad. Lastly the end product needs a light coat of jewelers wax applied using a soft cloth.  This last step not only protects the metal for wear and tear but also offers a smooth and shinny finish.
   Once  inspected and properly package the Silver Lining items are ready for purchase and to be sent home to our dear customers!

     Hoping this gives readers some insite and appreciation into the process involved in  creating these products! Wishing you Happy Holidays and safe travels!

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