This is not my original idea, but I had to try it. Mermaid tails made from silver plated spoons. It's a wonderful exercise for me to hone my jeweler's saw skills and my metalsmithing skills in forming (or in this case reforming), texturing and soldering. The spoon is silver plate, but I silver soldered some sterling patterned wire to form the bail. I cut a little miter join into the end of the cut off spoon, inserted the pattern wire and brazed them together with silver solder. I used a small ball-peen hammer to texture the bowl of the spoon. The shape of the tail is only limited by my imagination and skill. (I have some old sterling spoons I can't wait to cut into.) I got so sidetracked with this yesterday. Oh well.