Altered Cutlery

Patty is Guest Designer at Awfully Big Art Adventure this week and the theme is ‘Altered Cutlery’! I first came across Patty’s blog over a year ago and we struck up a relationship when I commented about her altered cutlery. I found it fascinating and it was a completely novel concept to me at that time.

I altered a pair of spoons last year and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I was really pleased to see cutlery as a challenge again. Lisa Vollrath has some great tutorials for altering cutlery and making it into pendants in a back issue of  The Monthly Muse which I haven’t tried yet, but intend to! Linda and Rosie have some more great examples on the ABAA blog too, so here are mine, using images from The Little Aqua Things sheet!!!


The spoons have been coloured with alcohol inks and the wires are the ones that look like stemmed flowers, but set with 3 stones at one end and twisted together. The scan doesn’t show the colours of the stones very clearly but one set are pink and the other blue. I just separated the wires and twisted them round the shank of the spoon and added a few tiny seed beads at the bottom.

I’m busy packing boxes and avoiding putting any of my craft supplies away for the moment. We move house in just over 3 weeks and although I really want to get moved, I don’t want to stop making art… I have another 3 DT projects in the pipeline and you can bet that the minute I pack any art supplies I’ll decide I really need them!! So life is a bit of a juggling act for the time being! 🙂

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  1. So pretty! Don’t pack that art stuff until you have to. I recently moved and can’t find anything, LOL.

  2. Oh Rosie! Both of your spoons are gorgeous!!! The alcohol inks give a mother of pearl/abalone shimmer to them. Brilliant use of wire and beads also! I feel for you, being disconnected from art supplies can be unsettling! Hoping your move goes smoothly and quickly for you so you’ll be back to creating again…..carefree as ever oxoxo

  3. Also wanted to say just how lovely it has been meeting you here in blogland! I am lucky enough to have one of your pretty spoons too!!!

  4. Kimmie

     /  March 28, 2009

    Very lovely! I will have to use the alcohol inks technique. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Rosie

     /  March 28, 2009

    These are SO pretty – the alcohol inks and the twisted wire are such clever ways to embellish! Hope your move goes well and that you won’t be separated from your creative stuff for too long. Best wishes and thanks for taking part.
    Rosie ABAA

  6. Beautiful Rosie, this is a really good challenge as usual.

  7. Wow….what a pretty pair of spoons. The alchohol ink has given a beautiful sheen. I love the twisted wire idea too.
    I hope your move goes smoothly and …..
    …..hooray for leaving packing your art materials till the last minute…more for us to come and look at !

  8. These are lovely Rosie – such pretty colours and images and I really like the gems and twisted wires.
    Hope the move goes smoothly – good luck!
    Linda x

  9. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful…… Too bad you have to pack up your art supplies, I would feel the same way.

  10. These are fantastic! I just found the ABAA blog today. It’s so inspiring.

  11. These are fantastic! Beautiful vintage feel to them

  12. OMG when I seen the title of this post on my blog I thought eh???

    but these are absolutely stunning, I love them!! might even give this a try!

  13. These are just gorgeous! I love the pinks, lavenders and soft blues of the alcohol inks, and the stones are beautiful! The shape of the spoons is wonderful, too! I’m excited for you, Rosie! You’ll be settled in before you know it! XOXO

  14. just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. Very pretty and beautiful examples , well done and thanks for sharing, Jaqi

  16. Very pretty 🙂 So nice to see an everyday object transformed!


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