It’s no suprise to me that, over the years, I’ve acquired the name ‘The Spoon Lady’. It is true that I predominantly work with recycled antique sterling silverware in the form of teaspoons, but my jewellery often also incorporates other materials.
I currently buy in sterling silver chains, findings and copper wire as I haven’t as yet been able to find recycled options for these.
Recycled Antique Silverware
Sourcing, restoring and re-purposing antique silverware into unique delicate jewellery is something I really enjoy. There is a sense of history with each piece I make. As I am forming, filing and polishing, I am capturing a memory or an essence of the past. I can’t help but wonder who used to stir their cup of tea with each teaspoon or how many times each piece of silverware was polished and proudly put on display.
I started working with antique silverware so as not to use up the world’s precious resources. Nothing is wasted and even the silver dust is made molten to be turned into something beautiful and new. I only work with silverware that is hallmarked as British .925 sterling silver. I research the hallmarks thoroughly and where appropriate provide a tag that explains the provenance of the materials used in finished pieces of jewellery.
I often take on commissions and work with customer’s silverware so why not get in touch and let me transform your antique silverware into uniquw, beautiful, wearable heirlooms.
EcoSilver is a green alternative to sterling silver. Made of 100% recycled and scrap silver products (scrap jewellery, medical equipment, electronics and giftware), EcoSilver can be both treated and worked with in the same way as silver, for the same quality results, it is just simply more environmentally friendly.
Recycled Copper Plumbing Pipes
I lovingly refer to my copper pieces as ‘re-plumbed’ as the copper I use comes from all the pipes I’ve collected from our house renovations.
It’s amazing what you can do with a copper pipe! Once annealed, copper is soft and maleable but when work hardened, it’s strong and durable.
Fashioned into brooches, earrings and pendants, you would never know (unless told) that the copper once helped to heat and transfer water around my lofty old house.