Schoolgirl Frankie Farrar started playing with spoons in her dad’s shed – but now she’s causing quite a stir in the business world.
The 16-year-old has launched her own line of jewellery, creating unusual rings and bracelets out of antique silver spoons – and the popular new line is already selling like hot cakes.
The teenager, from Langsett, first started playing around making jewllery in her parents’ shed, after seeing similar items being created in craft shops in London.
She said: “My dad is very creative and after seeing a man make them in Covent Garden, we thought it would be a really nice thing to try doing together.
“I was 15 at that time and hadn’t really done any metal work before, but once dad showed me the methods and how easy it was to do, I thought it would be a really nice thing to carry on with, so I continued making the jewellery on my own.”
Frankie now sells her line – Frankie Farrar’s ‘Stirring Silver’ jewellery range – throughout Penistone and Sheffield, as well as online from her Facebook page.
She attended a number of craft fairs last year, including at Whirlow Hall Farm, Langsett Barn and Penistone Show, and also sells her rings and bracelets all year round in various craft and antique shops in the region, including J&B Antiques in Penistone and Bessemer Gallery in Sheffield’s Winter Garden.
Spoon rings are a popular tradition and have been around since Victorian times, when workers in grand houses, who did not have much money, would steal silver spoons to be turned into wedding rings.
Frankie added: “Some antique spoons still have initials on them because they were intended to be used as wedding rings. As the rings and bangles I sell have assay dates on them, they can be bought to mark a special occasion – such as a birth year, birthday, wedding or christening.
“I really enjoy finding new, beautiful spoons in antique or charity shops or online. I find the history behind them absolutely fascinating. Especially where the spoons come from and how the specific dates may be linked to a historical moment in the city’s context.
“By recycling these precious items, I feel that I am helping to preserve an important piece of history.”
Frankie, a pupil at Penistone Grammar School, uses a secret process for heating and bending the spoons, using specialist tools bought for her for her 15th birthday.
n Visit Frankie’s Facebook page at facebook.com/StirringSilver to find out more about her successful jewellery line.