Monday, March 12, 2012

St Patricks Day Festive Silverware

I shared with you last week how I made the fun St Patrick's Day plates and today I wanted to share how I made the festive silverware to go along with my tableware.

And hopefully I can do it in a way that you'll understand what I did.

I started with 3 little bead choices that I bought from Walmart in the craft aisle.  Since I was making St Patrick's day silverware, I went with different shapes and colors of green and a gold accent color.

I found it was easiest for me to put them in cleaned out, recycled jars and then dump a little at a time into the lids.  This way I wasn't fighting with the bead container or any small spaces.

I also bought some knives, forks, and spoons from Walmart and some 0.03 gauge wire.

I started by tieing a not around the fork.  This was probably the hardest part of the whole project.
I found it was easiest to tie the knot around the smaller part of the fork (up towards the top of the handle where it was narrowed) and then sliding the knot to the base of the handle.  This allowed my knot to be tight, although it was difficult to finesse the knot down there at times.

I then started using the different beads and creating a design.  I found I could put about 5 larger beads on the base and then would wrap the wire around the back of the fork and come back around for more beads.

I kept doing this until I got to the top of the handle.  Then I tied the wire in knots in the back and tucked the extra wire under the beads in the front.

I just let my imagination run while and beaded each fork differently.  Some of them I really like, others are not my favorite.  But each one is fun and unique.

It did take me about a half hour on each of the forks, but I just sat in front of the TV and enjoyed catching up on my favorite shows for a bit.  I did get faster and better as I went on and the knives and spoons didn't take me that long at all.

I had originally planned to do each of the silverware pieces differently, so it wouldn't matter where each of the silverware went.  They would be able to mix and match at the table, but I guess I'm not that creative, so I made them match.

Now I have a fun set of silverware to go with my plates for a unique St Patrick's Day table!