MAKE: DIY Stainless Steel “Skoon” (Skull Spoon)

It’s not as pretty as the distressed silver skull spoons that were on MAKE a while back (although it definitely is better than the low-effort shoddy plastic one on Skull a Day), but in my defense it is hugely more difficult and time consuming to reform stainless steel than it is to do the same in soft vintage silver. It could use a little buffing, but in the absence of proper tools the finish will have to be adequate as is, and I’m happy with how it turned out…

As I said, there really is such a satisfaction in creating things that are tangible, and in addition to my own self indulgence I think that it’s important that Nefarious sees me making things (although her patience for the sounds of grinding is wearing very thin), and then valuing and enjoying them more than some analogous object bought at a store. By the way, if you’d like some other views of my glorious skoon or spull or skulloon or spookull or whatever, here you go.


  1. Sam wrote:

    skulloon was definitely the best of the names you suggested for it. Also, it kicks ass.

    Monday, August 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Permalink
  2. peteD3 wrote:

    this is too cool.

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 11:29 am | Permalink
  3. peteD3 wrote:

    ok, no instructions…
    what did you use? dremel? what kinds of bits?

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  4. TeDM wrote:

    Yes, instructions please. My 4-year-old would love one of these!

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink
  5. megan wrote:

    i love the skulloon.
    i feel i need one to make my life complete.

    ridiculous cute.
    thanks for this shannon!

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Permalink
  6. HJP wrote:

    Awesome!! Brings to mind that Halloween is coming up too, and wonderful cool fall temps!

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Permalink
  7. Shannon wrote:

    I used a Dremel type tool (a 1.5 amp clone version, same thing but cheaper basically). I used a drill to do the eye holes, and all the other shaping is done with a grinding tip that came with the tool. Then at the end it was sanded and buffed as best I could with the limited gear I have.

    It’s not hard to make, but you’d be doing yourself a favor if you could find some garage-sale silver to work with since the stainless steel that I used here is very hard and a pain to work with for that reason alone.

    Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Permalink
  8. peteD3 wrote:

    thanks Shannon

    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 11:46 am | Permalink
  9. kate wrote:

    amazing. i prefer yours over the distressed versions.

    Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Permalink
  10. Nicole wrote:

    Amazing. Now all I can think about is making some silver, salad serving skoons. I love these!

    Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 5:43 am | Permalink

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Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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