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    Default Hello! (and a question!)

    Hi all!

    Thought I should introduce myself before diving straight in with a question!

    I'm Ruth, I make silver jewellery as a hobby, started a few years ago just messing about but have recently attened an evening class to try and improve my silver jewellery skills!

    Now for the question! I have about 150grammes of scrap silver and I have no idea what to do with it! I emailed Cookson who said that I couldnt sell it as scrap since it was less than a kilo Realistically I will never ever get a kilo of scrap due to the small quantities I work with. Any suggestions what I can do with this? (I don't a cruicibles for melting it down)

    Ruth

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    You don't need a crucible to melt it in small quantities.

    A lot of my scrap gets turned into little silver balls to use for decoration. Just make a little round depression in a charcoal block put a bit of scrap in with some flux, and take a torch to it. It will melt and spin and turn into a perfect little ball to use for decoration.

    You can do the same thing on a slightly larger scale to make freeform blobs to use as spacers or pendants too.

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    I've made little silver balls for decoration before, just with such a large quantity I'm running out of plans, might try making a bigger 'blob' with it and turn that into a pendant or something!

    Thanks for the suggestion anyway!

    R

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    I reticulate small pieces then fuse them onto sheet metal,
    It was inspired by the melting snow we had earlier this year
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails icemelt 2.jpg  

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    I've made silver balls then bashed them flat with a hammer, drilled them, and use a whole load of them together as spacers.
    Di x

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    Bash? Is that a technical term?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moon Cottage View Post
    I've made silver balls then bashed them flat with a hammer, drilled them, and use a whole load of them together as spacers.
    ah, now I've tried this but had muchos trouble keeping the little beggars stable for drilling. Masking tape no good, vice tight enough to hold them but dents the sides. OH reckons I should solder them together in a strip, drill them in a channel & then saw them apart afterwards but it sounds like a terrible faff. How do you do yours, Di?
    J x

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    Welcome to the forums, no need for me to chip in with advice already good stuff here, and i am a noob
    Su' xx

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    One day i will arrive

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    Sorry, where are my manners?
    Welcome Ruth
    J x

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    Hi Ruth!

    If you've anything left after granulation & reticulation, I'd hang onto it until you've got more.

    Jayne, have you tried sticking them to a board with a thin coating of setters wax or shellac on it?

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