Im reluctant to let this one go just yet.
There ar really 2 issues here.
The suitability of copper for a spoon in daily use,
Is is practical from the metalurgical point of view to use copper
being much softer then metals usually used for spoon making.
has been well and truly covered by all the posts so far, with
silver plating being suggested as a a solution.
But 2. is to me a much more interesting question.
You dont say what size spoon you planned to make, so lets take a
desert spoon as an example.
These are on average 7.25in long overall with a bowl width of 1.5in
and a handle width of.25in at its narrowest point.
Now as someone posted they made a copper spoon and enamelled it. It
didnt work for a no of reasons, mainly that in enamelling it annealed
the copper and most probably the handle was flat so had no strength
So is it possible to use copper to make a desert spoon thats
useable? without it being too unwieldy and heavy? I think it can. But
you need to think how your going to get stiffness into the handle,
being the weakest part.
As I mentioned in my previous post you need to make the handle into
a semicircular shape, id now go further and say it should be an
upside down “U” section with the top of the U being 1/4in and the
sides 5/16ths in.
This U section will taper into the bowl like a rat tail spoon and
also taper into the handle top, this being on average some 3/4in
If you start with 1/16th in annealed copper sheet, it will work
harden somewhat in forming with hammers, the bowl in a depression in
a wooden block and the handle in as mentioned before in a groove of a
If you go down this road, you will need to make up, or get together
all the tooling for your students to use, with you demonstrating each
part of the forming process, so they then can copy you.
Youll need to get your hand and eye in as we say, so when you demo
each section of the spoon making technique you get it right.
Have a go yourself at making several spoons in advance of the
classes so the students can see your skill in doing it. it can be
It will also pay to give each student some scraps of copper to
hammer away at. Before they actually start on their own copper spoon.
Many people cant use a hammer, there painful to watch!!. You may
finish up making lots of spoons for your students.
If your students are to cut out the basic shape you will need to
give them a template to draw around onto the copper sheet.
Making the spoon blank will take almost as long as forming the
Id also print out a proper guide as to what each part of the process
involves and give to each student for them to take away and study.
It will save you a lot of time explaining everything several times,
and be a basis for discussion.
Let us know what you think about the above.