Sunday, July 4, 2010

Utensil strength! Part one: torpedo pendants.

Consider the humble plastic utensil. I picked up a handful at a yard sale last weekend.

Go get some of your own. Thrift store? Garage sale? Better yet, how about a good old fashioned rummage through your own kitchen drawers? Got 'em? Great.

So how would you like to turn them into jewelry? Of course, what you make will depend on whichever wacky utensils you happen to find. But I thought I'd show you
some examples.

My husband helped, with this little Japanese pull saw. (He says you can get one at any hardware store; you could also use a regular old hacksaw.)

Rrr-Rrrrrr-rrrr! Deconstruct those utensils! They cut like buttah. It took less than a minute to saw through each one.

Here are some of the resulting bits - the ones from the spoon and the ice cream scoop.

So what became of said bits? Using the long, straight pieces, I made three of what I guess I'd call 'torpedo' or 'bullet' pendants. Here's how they turned out:

Fun to wear, and really fun to make.

Next time, I'll show you what I did with some more of the bits!


  1. Super cool! I never would have guessed! So clever and creative and they look fabulous! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase - I greatly appreciate it. Hope you had a fabulous holiday weekend - Happy Fourth! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  2. Wow!! How creative is that!! I love it! Visiting from So Very Cheri

  3. You are so creative! I never would have thought of that! They do look fabulous, perfect to wear with summer dresses. I'm visiting with MMM, hope you visit me too!

  4. That is just awesome. I love the yellow one, it looks like a super long gem! Creativity at it's best here!

  5. That's so cool! They look a bit like bakelite. Great way to look at things with a fresh eye!

  6. How cool! Fun idea, thanks for the tutorial (and for the notes on how easy it is to saw them!)

  7. Cute! I love how you can get several different ones out of the same utensil!

  8. Resourceful, fun and functional project. I would never have guessed the origin. Following you now thru Under the Table and Dreaming. Pam @ Sallygoodin

  9. Really creative & clever! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

  10. I love the yellow one it looks like a pretty stone. Thats a great way to use that kinda of handle when then spoon or fork breaks. I buy that kind of spoon all the time for the pretty handles and they break so much. Now I can re-use it. YAY!

  11. hi michelle...just found your blog. can't wait to check out all your creations. love the up-cycled flatware project!! the paper necklaces were super cool too.
    thanks for sharing.

  12. Wow - those are so fun! I love seeing something made from things that are so unexpected!!!

    Found you from All Thingz Related!


  13. Michelle, I'll be featuring this today. They are super cool! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks again for joining the Sunday Showcase. Hope you have a fabulous week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  14. creative are you. I make jewelry too, but nothing like this.


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