Spoon handler: Jewellery maker Claire Snel is heading to London to help raise money to protect Asian elephants by using the ends of old spoons in a mosaic on an elephant sculpture that will later be auctioned off.
Spoon handler: Jewellery maker Claire Snel is heading to London to help raise money to protect Asian elephants by using the ends of old spoons in a mosaic on an elephant sculpture that will later be auctioned off. Jay Cronan

Jumbo job for jewellers

TURNING antique spoons into jewellery is one thing; using them to cover a life-size model elephant is another.

And yet Newrybar’s Tory Bauer and Byron Bay’s Claire Snel are about to do both.

When Tory dumped a box of spoons in front of Claire late last year suggesting the two of them turn cutlery into jewellery, it’s safe to assume neither expected the idea would eventually take them to London.

The pair will fly to England on Saturday to take part in an exhibition with a potential viewing audience of 25 million.

Tory and Claire will contribute to London’s elephant parade.

The parade features 250 life-sized, coloured baby elephants scattered around the streets of London.

The exhibition raises awareness about the plight of the endangered Asian elephant.

“It’s a really important cause. It would be criminal if they became extinct in the wild,” Claire said.

“We are absolutely honoured to have our art displayed alongside luminaries such as Tommy Hilfiger, Lulu Guinness, royalty, and Sir Paul Smith,” Tory said.

“But most of all we are thrilled to raise awareness to the people of all nationalities and ages about the plight of the Asian elephant.”

Tory and Claire are proudly the only Aussies to be decorating one of the elephants, and they are also the only ones opting to cover their pachyderm in spoons.

The women expect they’ll need about 5000 spoons –minus the handles – to complete the job.

They have about 3000 ready to pack for the plane trip over, so they are hoping to get as many more spoons as they can before its time to head to London.

Claire said they had plenty of suppliers eager to give their collected spoons a worthy home.

“We’ve got little spoon minions everywhere. Every day more and more arrive,” she said.

But getting the spoons over there is only half the job. When they arrive in the UK Tory said it wouldn’t be a case of sticking 5000 identical spoons on their model, but 5000 individual works of art as part of a larger statement.

“Each piece is an individual collaboration of vintage nostalgia, preloved trinkets, and wayfarers’ memories reincarnated into something unique,” she said.

And despite the task they have set themselves, they plan to get all this done in next to no time at all.

“We are only in London for one week,” Tory said.


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