Silver Spoon Ring
Stylish silver ring made by upcycling a silver spoon. Handmade in Uppingham by Mark Evans. Gift Box included.
Originally made and hallmarked in Sheffield in 1977, this ring bears the maker’s mark for Francis Howard Ltd. They still have a factory at Trafalgar St. in Sheffield and have been manufacturing since 1870.
The outer section is plain and polished with a tapered section at one end with a very small slightly raised pattern to the end only.
Mark uses his silversmithing skills learnt in the 1970’s to create rings using ornate silver spoons. He selects a variety of different silver spoons which have the right thickness of silver to form into a ring. If the silver is too thin or too thick, it won’t work.
Firstly the bowl is cut off then the handle is heated until it glows red hot. This softens the silver and allows it to become soft enough to bend. After bending the metal becomes hard again, so it has to be reheated and softened again. This process is known as annealing. The silver is annealed several times until the piece finally takes shape. The ring is then placed in a warm pot of safety pickle to safely remove any fire stain caused during annealing.
A tapered steel mandrel is used to form the final shape, together with a leather mallet to prevent marking the silver. The final tasks are to polish the ring carefully so that no details are lost and then clean it in an ultrasonic machine.
Each ring is unique.
There are a few age related marks on this ring, but these do not detract from the style and attractiveness of the ring.
The ring is left open so that it can be adjusted slightly to make it larger or smaller.
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