oak leaf spoons after solder ready for picketing

Making Oak Leaf Spoons

annealing copper sheet_making oak leaf spoons
cutting oak leaf stencil out of copper sheet for oak leaf spoon
oak leaf spoons after solder ready for picketing

When making the Oak Leaf Spoons, I like to make a few at a time.  I begin by annealing some copper sheet to punch out circles for the spoon bowl.  The bowls are then sanded and formed and put to the side until final soldering.

The handle of the spoon takes the most time.  A leaf is traces onto a sheet of thick copper, then sawing begins.  Hand sawing is a slow process, when you incorporate curves and other details, it becomes even slower, so I usually put on some instrumental music to enjoy while cutting.

Once the leaf is sawn, the edges are sanded to remove any saw marks, another slow process.  Getting into those tiny curves can be tricky - lots of small files are helpful for getting into those spaces.

The handle is soldered to the bowl once the edges are smooth.  After soldering the veins of the leaf are drawn on and hand sawn.   Because the veins are intuitively drawn on each spoon has its personal character.  After sawing texturing, final detailing and dark patina are applied.

The finish result, a beautiful little sculpture.

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March “Meet the Maker”: HOW IT’S MADE

There are a variety of processes that I use to make my jewelry and utensils.  I rarely sketch. My brain is my sketch book! Most my work begins as an idea that is always inspired by the world around me!  From the idea I go to the metal - I almost never experiment in copper or brass; I experiment in sterling.  I know, I know…cringe!! But, there is an amount of seriousness and pressure I get from playing in sterling that forces me to get as much of it right the first time! I works for me.

I make every piece by hand.  This is a slow process and but it allows me to be part of every step from start to finish.  I shape metal using hammers and stable surfaces. 

Every flaw that you see on my work is put in intentionally by me, using a jewelers saw and saw blades.  Because each flaw is hand sawn in, no two will be the same - like our own flaws, right?  Once a piece is assemble and I apply texture and color.  I'm attracted to contrast,  so with that most of my silver is patinated black.  The contemporary moodiness that a dark patina adds, helps set the tone and compliments my work.