Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Last of the ladles

My aim was to make 6 ladles for Food Festival. Today I achieved my goal by completing the last two ladles. The photos below are details of the handles; and the two ladles.

©2012 Barry Smith - Detail of Sacred Water ladle handle
©2012 Barry Smith - Detail of Plaited ladle handle
©2012 Barry Smith - Sacred Water and Plaited ladles
One ladle is a medium sized ladle with a silver-plated EPNS bowl about 70mm in diameter with a plaited copper wire handle about 200mm long and 10mm wide. The handle has six strands of copper wire in all; and it has been hardened by beating the plait flat. I added a brass tube on the end of the plait and beat that flat as well. The handle has been riveted to the bowl through both the brass and the copper plait - 4 copper rivets in all. I managed to damage the plaited handle by beating it a little too hard near the tube - fractured one of the strands.

©2012 Barry Smith - Back of plaited ladle
And I made another small ladle with a copper wire handle - I did this one with ladling sacred water in a temple in mind.
©2012 Barry Smith - Sacred Water ladle
So if you include my original prototype (a very shallow rustic ladle? - that now has a wooden hand grip), there are seven ladles in all.

©2012 Barry Smith - Seven ladles all in a row
I really do need to move off ladles and finish a stock of 'leaf spoons' and salt-pepper spoons and then I'm done for the Food Festival. Of course there is the tricky issue of pricing!!!!!

My next post will be my 500th - it will be a celebratory giveaway post.



9 comments:

  1. Beautiful, I like that game of spoons, good job.

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  2. I like the different shapes and handles, love the idea of a temple ladle, brings back sudden memories of Japan and a special temple.

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  3. HA... I read the title of your post as "Last of the ladies"...! So then kept reading it that way... "My aim was to make 6 ladies.." anyway, it was a good laugh, had to share.

    Gorgeous ladles! Love the braided handled one, sort of Celtic knot-like. Happy pricing, my least favorite activity of art.

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  4. Such beauties all in a row. That braided handle must of taken some time! I love them all. Pricing.... That is always the hard part and what I hate doing! 500!! Wow what a an accomplishment. The one thing about blogging is we finally have a good way to keep track of what we've been doing. Congrats and best of luck to you and Fiona at the upcoming event.

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  5. love the ladles and the collection totally rocks!

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  6. L, P, VA, M, SZQ & L - thanks for your comments on my ladle production. P - pleased that the temple ladle brought back fond memories - same here. VA - I did laugh "make six ladies" indeed. You were correct about the plaited handle - bit of a Celtic influence. SZQ & VA - glad I'm not the only one who has difficulty with pricing. Tough to get the balance right between reward for creativity and effort and at a price that will sell. SZQ - thanks for comment re 500 - it did seem to come up rather quickly. L- a collection that rocks - I like that. All- go well and enjoy the day. B

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  7. The ladles look fantastic ~ every single one.
    You've made so many beautiful things while I was away. I enjoyed seeing all your wonderful creations now that I'm back.

    Hope you are doing well and having fun creating.

    Gaby xo

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  8. GAWD!!! I LOVE YOUR LADLES!! i can't cook ... i'm hopeless at it, but i love your ladles! they could be relics!

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