Monday, March 5, 2012

Workshop enamel spoon rack

This is roughly what you need:
metal ruler
fine paint brushes
shaping tool
mouse mat or other soft surface
scalpel or sharp hobby knife
pair of scissors
wire cutters
wire (0.6 mm ø)  piece of 65 mm long
hole punch (ordinary household punch with hole of 5.5 mm ø)
cutting mat
piece of card or very thick paper
paint of your choice including black
tacky glue

Save the above image onto your computer and from there print it onto card.  The pattern itself should measure approx. 38 mm from top to bottom.  Cut it out around the outside black line.  Cut a strip of paper approx. 30 mm long and 2 mm wide.  Punch out two circles.  Cut a piece of wire approx 65 mm long.

The second black line is not shown on the above cut-out but you should try and shape your wire into the shape of the black line on your card. When done it should look like the wire in the above picture.

With your shaper (I use a glass one, but metal will do as the glass ones are hard to come by) follow and indent the black line carefully.

Place the wire in the indented line and glue in place with tacky glue.  I know this is not the conventional way of making enamel spoon racks, but it shows up nicely at the front and it stays.  Just indenting the card with the shaper is not enough as it would loose its shape.

Turn your work over and follow the contours of your wire on both sides.  Go carefully so that you don't crinkle or split your card.

Get a skewer or something else that is round and not too thick and roll the bottom of your card carefully around towards the front.  Roll a few times till the card keeps its shape.  You can now also glue the strip of card at the top.  Measure the length from the outside of the wire from one side to the other.  Make the two folds approx. 2 mm deep and glue outside the wire.

Next cut the two circles in half, but just above the halfway mark, say at approx. 3 mm. and glue them on the outsides of the curled up bit at the bottom to form a sort of a gutter, like in the picture below.

If you want to you can finish off the edge at the bottom with a length of thread or wire, but I don't find that satisfactory, so I shape a very thin edge with tacky glue and paint over it.

Paint the rack in the colour of your choice and with a bit of black and/or brown paint make the enamel look chipped at the edges here and there.

Also have a look at the white one in the picture below, which shows up better than the dark green.

Below are the spoons and other implements that I have made from a Dutch workshop, which you can find here if interested:

And this is the result of an afternoon's work:

Have fun and if you have questions, just ask! :-)

Bye for now.


  1. Me encanta el resultado!!!! Intentaré llevar a cabo ese tutorial

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  4. Thanks Carmen. You will show us the result, won't you? Bye for now

  5. Wow... Marion.... so ein tolles Rack. Das werde ich auf jeden Fall auch mal versuchen... allerdings nach meiner Messe. Das Resultat sieht richtig toll aus.

    Vielen Dank für den Workshop.

    Ganz liebe Grüße an Dich

    PuNo / Monika

  6. very real looking, Marion! Thank you! I think I might have need for such a thing and am marking this so I remember to come back and try it.

  7. Great idea! Thank you for sharing! They all look very realistic!

  8. Thank you for this wonderful tutorial. Your work looks amazing!

  9. Love the spoon rack! One of my friends has the real thing. Great tutorial for a mini!

  10. Siento los 3 comentarios seguidos, mi backberry se volvio loca. Besicos¡¡¡

    1. Marion, They came out fantastic. Thank you for the tutorial! LOVE it!!!

  11. Love your rack, it looks exactly like chipped enamel. Thanks for a great tutorial.

  12. OH WOW! you are a clever lady Marion!
    Looks just perfect!

  13. No Deni, I am not clever. I learn as I go and obtain lots of information everywhere which I just put to good use towards my own work. But I like compliments. ;-) Thank you!


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