DIY Gradient Wood Tasting Spoon Pendant Light – Part 3 — Prepping The Spoon Bowls (This Is The Exciting Part!)

I spent most of yesterday working on the pendant lamp that will be above my desk in the studio. The part I worked on is the slowest and most time-consuming of the entire process, but it’s also the most fun. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting at my work table all afternoon and evening, brush in hand, painting spoon bowls and imagining them all hanging. mass in the cage of light that I built.

I estimated that this hanging light would require about 1,200 spoons, so I started this project a few weeks ago by cutting the handles off the spoon bowls with wire scissors. And then a few days ago I spent an afternoon and evening sanding all the spoon bowls to round out the cut. This is what they looked like before, with a straight cut edge…

And this is how they looked after I sanded them.

Since I don’t have a bench sander, I just used my small handheld rotary sander and used my knees to hold it upside down. After several hours of that, my legs felt numb, but I sanded all the spoons.

After that, I needed to prepare the 1200 spoon bowls. I started preparing them one by one with a small craft brush, but quickly realized how crazy that plan was. So instead, I placed them on a work surface outside and sprayed them.

This was quite a frustrating process because they are very light and from time to time the force of the spray would cause them to fly away. But even with that frustration, it was much quicker and easier than painting each one individually with primer.

So when I got to work on these yesterday, all the spoon bowls had been cut, rounded and prepared. I started my work yesterday by grouping the spoon bowls into 15 piles, one for each of the 15 colors I plan to use, and then worked on one pile, one color, at a time. I started by quickly sanding each spoon by hand to smooth out any rough finish from the spray primer.

And then, using a small craft brush, I painted the backs of the spoons with liquid gold.

This was a two part process because I had to hold the tip while I painted most of the back, then let it dry and then paint the tip I had been holding on the first go around. But this was the fun part. I could sit and paint spoon bowls while listening to podcasts all day every day. 😀

After the backs were dry (and gold dries very quickly), I turned them over and painted the front of the spoon bowls using the paints I mixed in Part 2 of this project. Each spoon required two coats of paint to get the full color. And those little cups of paint I mixed were enough paint for two coats, even for the larger top light rings, which would fit most spoon bowls.

After the paint dried, I used the small brush and liquid gold again to paint around the edges and “frame” the colorful painting. I purposely did this in a messy and random way, just like I did in the spoon artwork I made.

After all that, I still needed to cover the edges. I tried using the brush and gilding with liquid gold, but it wasn’t as quick and easy as I expected.

So I pulled out my 18K Gold Leafing Pen and it was perfect for covering those edges.

And the last step was to drill the hole for the ring that will hold these little colorful jewels in the wire cage of the display. For this I used my Dremel and a small drill bit.

So I did all those steps in an assembly line fashion, one stack, one color, at a time. I only finished two colors, but these are the colors that required the most spoons. As I progress, I will need fewer and fewer spoons for each subsequent color. But here is my pile of red, all prepped and ready to hang in the wire cage. I needed 88 of these…

And here is the dark pink for the next ring. I needed 84 of these…

And then I only had one finished one of the third color left so I could take photos of the process. 😀 But I will need 80 of the third color. So I’ll continue that process until I have all 15 colors ready, and each subsequent color will require four fewer spoons than the previous color.

I will continue until it is finished. I don’t want to divide my time and attention between this and another project this weekend. So we’ll see how long it takes me to go through 15 colors. Even if I paint all the colors in the next two days, I seriously doubt I’ll be able to hang them all on the wire cage before Monday. But we’ll see!

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