Spoon junk angel is the third assemblage angel I’ve created using rusty and not so rusty found bits and pieces. She follows her sisters, Primitive Junk Angel 1 and Primitive Junk Angel 2. If you remember, Angel 1 had the funky wire wings, curly spring hair and a brass door plate. Angel 2 had the beautiful multicolored mosaic wings, another door plate and lots of rust.
Well, like her sisters, with Spoon Angel, it’s all about the wings. I believe every angel needs her own unique set of beautiful wings.
For a spoon angel you’ll need a lot of spoons and you’ll want to use spoons that are cheap. You know the kind…when you scoop into a big container of chocolate chip ice cream and the ice cream is so hard that the spoon begins to bend, that’s the kind of spoon you want to use here, bendy ice cream spoons. Last check, the Goodwill around me was selling spoons for 25 cents, Walmart has a set of very cheap spoons, 4 for 88 cents. You could probably do even better at a yard sale.
Before you cut the handle off your spoon, whack it a bit with a large hammer until it’s flat. If you bought cheap enough spoons, they should flatten fairly quickly. The intact handle gives you something to hold on to.
I used a dremel cutting tool to cut the handles off, just scoring a bit then the rest of the handle snapped right off. If you don’t have a dremel, or other cutting tool, I have another way…just bend the spoon back and forth a bunch of times until it breaks. Use caution though, the bending heats up the metal a lot. (I know because I touched it)
Make a wing pattern from a piece of paper and copy that pattern twice onto a piece of scrap wood.
Cut your wings out with a jigsaw and start placing the spoons. You can get an idea of how many you need. I originally thought I could get away with 10 spoons, I needed to buy 8 more.
The angel body was cut from another piece of scrap wood and painted yellow. Hinges are attached to the wings. Arms are cut from a piece of dowel and the head from the round part of a spindle. The legs were from a box of rusty junk, not sure what they were in their first life, but they make great angel legs.
For your legs, just use what you have…could also use another dowel, giant springs…anything long and skinny.
Checkerboard dress was painted as well as the arms, sanded, then stained with a dark wax. After staining, you can screw the hinges to the body.
A long screw attached the halo and head to the body.
Spoons are attached with a glob of builders adhesive, Liquid Nails.
Arms are attached with finishing nails and the angel is given a few more pieces of bling. The silver piece under her chin was once part of a silver plated Goodwill tray.
The brass piece at the bottom of her dress used to be part of a drawer handle and the heart is made from a piece of pallet wood. This is a great way to use up all those bits and pieces that are laying at the bottom of your junk drawer.
What’s fun about making angel, is that no two will ever be alike, as individual as you are.
Everybody needs more angels in their lives and I have a couple more that I’m putting together. Funny thing, once you make one, it’s hard to stop.
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