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What Makes Fork Jewelry So Appealing-

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									The common fork, that lovely utensil that makes feeding ourselves easy, has a
surprisingly long but interesting history. Preceded by stick and skewer to cook over an
open fire, early forks were believed to be used by ancient Egyptians, Greeks and
Romans. Evidence points to early fork use for ritual services and cooking. Most forks
at this time had two tines only. A brief historical look at the evolution of the fork may
help provide us with an understanding of why fork jewelry is so appealing today.
  It’s thought that forks were used for eating in the Middle East since around the
seventh century. Oddly enough, it apparently took another 5 centuries for the common
fork to be widely used in 16th Century Italy. Forks are also thought to have been used
in France, England and Germany during the 16th and 17th centuries by the wealthy
who viewed fork use as a novelty fad.
  It wasn’t until the nineteenth century that forks were universally used in the West
however. The forks we know today, the four tined kind, began being regularly used
for mealtime eating first in England and Germany before finding their place on tables
in the US.
  Early on in history, there’s evidence that forks were elaborately decorated which
likely speaks to the attraction for jewelry making as well as fork jewelry’s popularity
today. As commonplace, everyday items, utensils, like dinnerware, presented small
spaces for readily applying intricate decoration. Indeed this fascination with fork
decoration produced not only a large variety of uniquely fashioned cutlery, but a new
generation of fork and spoon collectors as well.
  It’s not clear when making jewelry from forks entered the scene although in recent
history, fork jewelry gained significant momentum in the 1970’s. Likely inspired by
the hippie generation and the surge of re-cycling sub-themes, original fork jewelry
tended to look, well, a lot like forks. That was ok though. The often tiny but delicate
and intricate designs on the forks continued to fascinate when transformed into
jewelry
  Fashion and jewelry trends change and so fork jewelry went out of fashion along
with all the hippies. Now and in the past few years we’ve seen a re-surgence of 1970’s
fashion (again?) and along with that, the reappearance of jewelry made out of utensils.
Although this jewelry is different now. How? It’s considerably more sophisticated and
in a lot of cases, hard to distinguish its eaterly origins.
  I first noticed the reappearance of fork jewelry while walking art fairs a year or so
ago. The jewelry lines were very distinctive and unusual which is what originally
drew my attention. It was only through direct and close up examination that I finally
realized the jewelry was made from forks and spoons. Gorgeous stuff. This new
utensil jewelry included stones which elevated this type of jewelry from its 1970’s
predecessor. Wow. Fork tines were sinuously wrapped around beautiful stones and
forks were twisted into the most subtle and appealing shapes.
  Discovering all of this made me realize just exactly why utensils are so appealing to
art jewelers: they’re simple to turn into magnificent jewelry because the decoration
and embellishment is already done. All one needs to do is either cut off sections of the
handle for rings, etc. or bend the entire fork into a clever shape. Being able to
seamlessly add wonderful stones only makes this better.
 The beauty of a well-designed and embellished utensil can provide considerable
creative inspiration as well. Add to all that the fact that one can enjoy shopping and
hunting for vintage, unique and/or contemporary forks and well, the appeal just
expands. Given the rising price of sterling today, the opportunity to hunt for and find
sterling forks to make jewelry from is just plain delicious.

 Fork jewelry is a relatively easy type of jewelry to make and can be a great entry
point for anyone wanting to start making their own jewelry. To view a quick and
delightful video on the ease of making bracelets and necklaces from forks go to Fork
Jewelry and be sure to stop by Best Wire Jewelry Making Books for more jewelry
making products and reviews.

								
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