NotSoFlatware

Vintage Upcycled Sterling Silver Flatware Jewelry

Ipswich, Massachusetts

Announcement    My spoon rings, pendants, and earrings are made from original sterling flatware pieces that I find all over the place. I choose each piece and make them all by hand. I like the antique look so I polish them just enough so they are beautifully shiny but still have the antique look. Each Ring is made to be perfectly round.
Every beautiful piece is full of years of history.

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Last updated on Feb 12, 2018

My spoon rings, pendants, and earrings are made from original sterling flatware pieces that I find all over the place. I choose each piece and make them all by hand. I like the antique look so I polish them just enough so they are beautifully shiny but still have the antique look. Each Ring is made to be perfectly round.
Every beautiful piece is full of years of history.

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Cassandra Mae Harris

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Cassandra Mae Harris

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Me and my Shop

After a few years of wearing my grandmothers original 1964 Towle Sterling ring I gained a huge interest in Spoon rings and the Towle Sterling co. The Towle factory was a local factory back in the day when my grandparents and parents were younger. I started collecting spoon ring from Towle and the Twelve days of Christmas pendants. On my 21st Birthday we got up early and went to a local Antique flea market that my sister and I love to go to find fun antique jewelry. That day I found a Towle fork that had been made into a bracelet. Excited, I went and show my dad. He said "oh, that reminds me, come down stairs." So i followed him down, and out of his safe, he pulled a little battered brown box and gave it to me. He said his friend worked at the Towel factory when they were young and he got a discount. He had got a cuff bracelet from him, and decided at the time he would hide it away so maybe someday he would have a daughter he could give it to on her 21st Birthday. Well that was me, and he kept it all those years hidden away. He was only a 14 years old boy at the time. After that I was on a mission to find the matching spoon ring to by beautiful bracelet, and i found it on Etsy.

One day my sister was at that flea market we go to and found a sterling fork that she liked the pattern. She asked me if I could try to make it into a ring for her instead of buying a spoon ring already made. So I did and it came out to be what I thought was awesome. Looking back at it now it is not very round at all.

So from then on we started attending our local flea market every weekend to find beautiful forks and spoons to make rings out of. My first weekend at the flea market I found five pieces of flatware. I had no shop, no equipment, nothing. I had some hand me down tools and a basement with a work bench. I went in my basement and started trying to make more rings. I wrecked all of them. I was so frustrated to think that the first one had been so easy why the heck wasn't it working out know. So I went back to the flea market the next weekend and found five more pieces of flatware. I tried again, wrecked three of them. I am the person who has to live and learn. I couldn't watch someone else I had to figure out the knacks and the kinks myself. so I kept playing. I didn't want to give up because I had made one ring, I knew I could make another. I continued to go to the flea market on weekends and collected the rings I thought may be easier to work with. I started separating out the ones that may be thicker or harder to make into rings for when I hopefully wasn't a rookie anymore. I slowly started collecting more tools that would be helpful. Things got easier as time went on because I didn't want to give up. I came up with a design for a tool to help make this process easier. My family helped me create this tool so that I can make perfectly round rings.

I decided to open a shop on Etsy figuring that it might be fun to sell them to others, thats where this wonderful journey began. Etsy opened doors for me that I never thought would be. I sold my first spoon ring within a few days of posting it. This for me was the most exciting thing because I thought maybe I would sell one a month. I slowly collected and made more and more, as well as collecting more tools that would be helpful. It got tough doing it part time, I was getting very focused on the passion I have working with silver and less on my other job. at the beginning of the summer of 2015 I decided to sign up for as many shows that I could handle, not knowing that this would lead to no time for my other desk job. I decided to venture on my own so all my time could be focused on what I love to do and so far it was the best decision I could have made.

The thing about spoon rings that I think is so cool is that these vintage spoons I find have been used for years, people would enjoy bringing out there fine silver for dinner parties and such. Its not like that anymore, most of these beautiful pieces are scattered and hidden off in a drawer or a chest somewhere no one can see it. So i figure, why not wear it!

Another cute fact about spoon rings that makes my heart melt... In the 1600s in England servants would steal silver spoons from their masters’ homes and make them into rings due to not being able to buy rings for their loves. How cute for those men to be able to propose with a beautiful spoon ring made of sterling even as poor as they were.

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  • Cassie Harris

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I love sterling. I have always worn sterling everything. When I was in middle school one of my grandmother gave me her original 1964 Towle Sterling spoon ring. That kicked me off on my spoon ring adventure.

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Last updated on March 23, 2016

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Here at NotSoFlatware I try to describe things as well as I can with detailed, clear, and vivid pictures, along with accurate measurements, so you know exactly what to expect before you buy it. If something is not clear and you have any questions or concerns about anything you may be interested in, please ask before you buy! I will get back to you in a timely manner.
I would love for you to be happy with your purchase, so if there is an item you are not pleased with, refunds or exchanges are accepted within 14 days of the original purchase. Returned items must arrive in the same condition they left in. Any damaged returns will be rejected. It is the responsibility of the customer(s) to insure their returned items with their chosen shipping carrier. Once everything is check out and is in great condition you will receive your refund on the purchased item.
The customer(s) are responsible for return shipping and/or related charges and fees. Please remember I am the sole owner and operator of this store and the less complications/returns the better. Thank you!
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DOMESTIC SHIPPING POLICY:
All orders are shipped first class with the United States Postal Service unless otherwise stated.
Upon shipment of your package you will receive a shipping notification with the tracking number in your email. This automatically includes insurance. Insurance coverage is provided by Shipsurance Insurance Services, Inc.
I CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR PACKAGES THAT HAVE BEEN LOST OR STOLEN ONCE THE PACKAGE IS MARKED DELIVERED BY THE USPS.
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INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING POLICY:
All orders are shipped first class with the United States Postal Service
The customer is responsible for any customs or duties, taxes, on their order.
Please note that some international shipments can be delayed up to 30 days due to customs, so please allow extra time for this possibility.
Upon shipment of your package you will receive a shipping notification with the tracking number in your email.
I cannot be held responsible for parcels that are delayed, lost or stolen while in transit with the USPS. Should you wish to purchase insurance, please request at time of purchase. you are interested in shipping somewhere that is not listed please contact me.
Most taxes and rates are not extremely expensive, I do want to point out the UK is listed as a shipping location on my shop but please be aware, you will have to pick up your package from the post office and the VAT rate for standard items is 20%.