Skull Spoons



Artist Tom Sale, who goes by the pseudonym "Pinky Diablo", shapes skulls out of vintage silverplate spoons. From a 2009 article in The Dallas Morning News:

But his signature – perhaps his legacy – is the skull spoon, a vintage sterling or silver-plated sipper transformed via Dremel tool, buffing wheel, jewelers rouge and twisted imagination into a symbol of our own impermanence.

"I think of them as memento mori ," says Sale, whose workshop is the Ennis, Texas, farm he shares with wife, Dotty, and storefront is a booth at East Dallas vintage emporium Dolly Python. "We should be reminded of death, not be afraid of it. Maybe even laugh at it every now and then."


News Article and Artist's Website via Make | Photo: Make

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You might be interested to know that Tom's inspiration was the Skoon, which was created as part of Skull-A-Day. Admittedly Tom's work is much more refined!
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Frau, Matt's question was why not just make something new out of silver than destroy something?

It wasn't "could someone please provide me with another example of destroying a spoon to make something else?"
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@ Matt - I make the occasional silver spoon handle into a ring. You can find them at thrift stores and garage sales super cheap.
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