Old silverware that has sentimental value could look a bit banged, or just a tad boring, yet it is something you want to keep, so the best way to make these fit in with your modern kitchen is to give it a facelift. Reusing and recycling is a great way to give new life to timeworn pieces while it is also a fun project that costs next to nothing. What you want is an easy project that offers a dramatic change, and the great news is that you get to choose the style, colour and overall look for the recycled silverware. The simplest way is to use stamps you might have previously used for other art projects or maybe it is time to invest in one you really like.
Let the Reconstructing Fun Begin
It is exciting to plan the colour, pattern and make the new look fit in with your current décor style, for the handles you could make your own clay or purchase some from most art shops. The list of materials required is short and affordable:
Clay: basalt, sienna or granite and the colour can be tinted in a variety of colours, to make the clay you need to mix one part of granite with ¼ part of the desired colour.
Invest in a clay blade, select all your timeworn silverware and get yourself some Neapaque acrylic paint in the colour of your choice. In shaping the artwork on the handles, you could use a stamp, shells or other shapes, while a rolling pin or pasta machine comes in handy. Apart from an old used towel, you will also need a ¾” stencil brush.
Clear Your Schedule Its Recycling Time
Once the clay is ready, roll it out on the third thickest setting, which means just short of 1/8” thick, remove on end of the sheet of clay and use for the straight edge. Once done the handle of the silverware can be placed on the clay and you can trim the edges around the silverware’s handle. The rest of the clay sheet then gets folded over the handle, then trimmed and the edges get pressed together until you are sure it tightly fits around the handle while you try and get most bubbles removed. Trim the edges and grab your stamps or other shapes to start making your individual mark on the silverware.
While pressing the stamp or another pattern it is best to hold the silverware on their working ends, and it makes it easy should you wish to use different stamps pressed over each other, one at a time, while it is important to also remember stamping on the sides.Preheat the oven to around 275-degrees and bake the silverware for half an hour, let it rest in the over to cool down, and once it is hard and cooled down, you get to start using the stencil brush. Get the paint in all the deeper pattern lines left by the stamp and to give it an antiquing look a damp cloth can be used to remove some of the paint.