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Putting A Shine On Silver

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They put a shine on silver. Allison and Art Stoll from Wilton take tarnished silverware and make it look new again. The husband and wife convert knives, forks, and spoons into rings, bracelets, necklaces and other items.

Allison does the polishing and designing of the silver plated jewelry. Her husband operates the machinery; cutting, bending, and drilling holes in the silverware.

The couple finds silverware at garage sales, antique shops, and other places. Much of the silverware is about one hundred years old and the Stolls say sometimes they will find patterns that they have not located anywhere else.

Allison says ornate handles on spoons are made into pendants. The prongs from forks become vintage rings. Earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are also made from silverware.

The Stolls started to make this jewelry about a year ago. Art says he really enjoys making custom  pieces. Instead of grandma's silverware sitting in the attic collecting dust, it now serves another practical purpose. Vintage jewelry that people can wear as a family heirloom. The Stolls say it's worth seeing the smiles on peoples' faces when they realize a part of family history has been given a new lease on life.    

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