I wanted to show you what I did with some of the junky treasures I found last weekend. When I spotted a pile of mismatched silverware, I had to have it all and didn't waste any time flattening it out and stamping it. So many of you asked about the silverware stamping, so I want to apologize for getting ahead of myself and not being more specific. I wish I had thought about doing a tutorial before I finished this batch of silverware, but hopefully, this will give you a better idea of the tools I use. This post contains an affiliate link for your convenience.
I started pounding and stamping silverware about five years ago and now flat keys and other trinkets have become victims too. Warning: It's extremely addicting!!
What you'll need:
- Silver plated spoons, forks, or butter knives.
- Letter/number metal stamping sets (affiliate link*). The stamps are available in different fonts, sizes, upper case/lower case, and decorative designs.
- A hard surface to stamp on such as an anvil or steel block. Notice my very sophisticated pounding surface? The bottom of an old sad iron works great and I already had it.
- Safety goggles
- Ear plugs are optional, but I always use them.
- Smooth rag to keep your silverware from sliding around (optional).
- A steady hand.
- Practice, practice, practice.
- Practice, practice, practice.
Forks are very easy to flatten and butter knives are pretty much already done for you. I lay the fork upside down on my surface, hold it by the handle, and hit it with a hammer a few times. Spoons are a bit more work and usually come out with a few wrinkles, but that's fine with me. I lay the spoon upside down, hold it by the handle and start hitting it in the center working my way out to the sides. To get them completely flat requires a few hits on both sides.
I've seen a lot of different tutorials and everyone seems to have their own method, but this is what works for me. I cover my pounding surface for a better grip, but this isn't something you have to do. Be sure to use something without texture on it like this old sheet. If you use a towel or something thick, it will transfer the texture to your silverware when you flatten them.
I like the whimsical look of these so I don't get too fussy about whether or not all the letters are straight. I lucked out on this one by eye-balling it. I like a little tarnish to show, so I lightly polish the silverware after stamping, and then use an ultra fine black Sharpie to darken the letters. CHEERS!
Sometimes I'll add a little rhinestone or other embellishment.
Ready and waiting to be planted.
If it's metal, rusty, old, and banged up, I'm going to put a plant in it. Doesn't every yard need a lard bucket? When I find baby shoes I usually tie them together, embellish them with some bling, and sell them. So many fun ideas, so I wanted to do something different with these scuffed up old shoes.
I decided on a Romeo and Juliet theme for this little shoe. Juliet is from a dictionary, then set in a vintage typewriter key.
To add weight and keep the spoon and fork in place, I filled the shoes with rocks. Not dirty old rocks, but decorative rocks I already had. Some dried moss and a real flower adds a pop of color.
A dried or silk flower would have worked, but I had some pretty flowers in bloom that were perfect. I tucked a little glass tube inside the rocks to hold water.