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Paul Lemieux

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iconnumber posted 01-30-2017 10:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Paul Lemieux     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I've never liked spoon rings. Just not my taste. For me they have always fallen into one of two categories--unattractive but harmless (e.g., made from a junky old Oneida teaspoon), or mildly annoying (e.g., made from a decent sterling piece that might have helped fill out somebody's flatware set).

Until tonight.

While googling bug motif flatware, for whatever reason, I came across this stunning travesty:

Yes, somebody made a SPOON RING out of a Durgin Bug flatware piece. My favorite flatware pattern of all time...incredibly rare, fascinating, and unusual. For a moment, waxing optimistic, I thought perhaps the "artist" had found a broken off handle somewhere and thought of at least something to do with it. Alas, the description of her creation instantly dashed that hope, wasting no time by announcing in its first sentence: "I made this ring from an antique sterling silver spoon." Perhaps I should commission this "artist" to laminate that old Edward Weston photograph I have so I can use it as a placemat.

Sorry, just had to vent.

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iconnumber posted 01-31-2017 05:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for dragonflywink     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ouch! Think the worst for me was one made from a Gorham mixed-metal spoon with a sweet little copper squirrel...


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Scott Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-31-2017 10:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I agree.

To me "Crafty upcycling" and "upcycling" are very different.

"upcycling" is taking something which is headed for the land fill / destruction and re-purposing it (most often saving energy). Sometimes "upcycling" is restorative.

"Crafty upcycling" (especially silver) often takes someone's elses art and usefully redeploys it but destroys the original art in the process.

When the original art is not beyond repair or doesn't require repair, to me "Crafty upcycling" is tantamount to theft.

Another example:

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June Martin
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iconnumber posted 01-31-2017 03:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for June Martin     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The venting is completely justified. Ugh!

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