As part of my philosophy for the tableware pieces I make, they must
be very user friendly. Although I consider my work art, it is also to
be used, not just admired.
With that in mind, I want to make the chopsticks (of which I have
made several pairs) light enough to be comfortable in the hands.
How I accomplish that is by starting with a hollow silver tube cut
to the length of about 2" shorter than the finished product. I then
cut a piece of heavy wire the length to finish the total desired
length plus about 3/4". Then I grind the extra length so it fits
nicely inside the tube and solder. This provides a light enough
chopstick to use. Plus the eating end is heavier so the chopstick is
always pointed in the proper direction. I then grind the eating end
to a soft point (my particular favorite shape for eating this way).
The tubing is a great palate for whatever decoration I choose to
create. I also make the eating end a matte finish, usually with
scotch brite, so as the sticks get used, the part in the food that is
liable to get really soiled can easily be cleaned by the collector.
Since I grew up using sterling flatware everyday, I use sterling
silver for the sticks. It has never made me sick.
I have gained so much excellent on this forum. Thank you
for bringing up a topic where I can make a reliable contribution. I
hope this helps.
Megin Diamond Designs