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    I've got quite a bit of scrap silver and not sure which is the best way to deal with it , do I send it to a dealer and get £x back ( or pence ?? ) , or does anyone else attempt to recycle it themselves and if so do you need loads of equipment to attempt to do so?
    Lisa Quinn

    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Quinn-Handcrafted-Silver-Jewellery/185802658258?ref=nf

    UK Jewellers Collective Forum
    http://www.larsandingrid.co.uk/forum/index.php

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    It's normally a waste of time refining scrap silver unless you have loads of it as you only get about £215 per kilo for it.

    It is possible to reuse your silver but you would need a crucible for putting your scrap into while melting, an ingot mould or similar to pour the melted silver into, a set of pliers to hold ingot mould, a torch for melting the metal, some fire resistant blocks to control the heat and rolling mills to roll out the metal once it is melted. You'll also need to be very careful as spilling molten silver is not a good idea.

    It's also worth noting that when you melt silver it doesn't come out looking like that perfect piece of wire or plate that you get when you order it new, and when you try and roll it out it can flake and crack although it is still ok to use.

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    • #3
      I send my scrap bits off to cooksons. They send you a pot and a free post bag if you give them a ring.

      I recently did a class with a lady who told me she threw all her sterling silver wire bits in the bin cus she didn't know what to do with them! I nearly fell of my chair as she has been making jewellery for years!! xx
      Lucy

      www.lucykempjewellery.co.uk
      http://lucykempjewellery.blogspot.com

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      • #4
        I used to send all my scrap back to cooksons, but I now end up re-using most of it for making little silver balls to use as embellishments on other pieces. The slight imperfection is part of the charm and they need nothing more sophisticated than a torch and a charcoal block.
        george
        www.mizgeorge.co.uk
        www.etsy.com/shop/mizgeorge
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        • #5
          Thanks , I've seen the cooksons pots and wondered how much they paid per gram? I've melted down a quite a few bits of silver today and then hammered them down, but my head, ears and arms are still jangling from all the silver bashing, so not too keen on that idea as a longterm plan!! Think I'll reach for the nurofen and send off for cooksons pot until I come up with another cunning plan !!
          Lisa Quinn

          http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lisa-Quinn-Handcrafted-Silver-Jewellery/185802658258?ref=nf

          UK Jewellers Collective Forum
          http://www.larsandingrid.co.uk/forum/index.php

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