Spooning in the garden!

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I couldn’t believe my luck last when we went to a garage sale and found a pile of old, tarnished silver cutleryI picked out all of the spoons and a few forks. The best part is paid two dollars for all of it!
I have seen spoons and forks in the garden and have been dying to make them ever since I ordered a set of metal stamps on line, but the problem is that i have tried, and the stamps don’t really work on the hard stainless steel of regular cutlery, or even on cheap cutlery, so you have to use silver, or silver plated, but I didn’t have any…until now! I know, I know, what kind of person gets excited about finding old tarnished spoons at a garage sale? The guy selling them to me thought I was crazy (and so did John when I got home…lol)
When it comes to my garden, I will be the first to admit that I do not have a green thumb, so I figure that whatever features I add like painted rocks, figurines, and plant markers, will take the focus off of the actual plants! Right? The more colorful and interesting stuff I add, the less people look at the actual plants…
Anyways, here are my treasures…

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I started by trying to hammer the spoons flat. I found that using a wooden board underneath created the least amount of scratches.

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I hammered a few flat…

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My plan was to hammer the names of plants into the spoons, but when I got my stamps next to my spoons,I realized that my stamps were way too big to fit more than a four or five letter word on each spoon. So my plan of stamping zucchini, and cucumber, or even tomato were not going to work. So, I decided to put short simple words like, love, hope, be happy etc.

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When I started to try to hammer the stamps, I realized that this hammering needed to be done on a harder surface, so I put the spoons on top of brick to hammer.
I hammered in the letters…

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Then used a black sharpie to trace over each letter…

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And then used a damp Kleenex to wipe off the sharpie, leaving the black ink in the cracks…

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Then tried to find a place in the garden to put them…they look cut in the middle of some ground cover…

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But, they are also cute to fill in space where there aren’t plants growing!

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I still have a pile of knives… They might even be long enough to stamp labels for my vegetables… Hopefully I will get some time to try this week!

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6 responses »

  1. Very cool! I saw those stamps at a bead show and wondered what I would ever use them for. Now I know. Wish I had bought them now.

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    • I have been looking for projects to justify buying them! I bought some washers from Home Depot that I was going to try to stamp next…although, I wish I had bought the smaller size…

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