Do you have a pile of sterling and fine silver scrap building up in your studio? Would you prefer to recycle that metal instead of constantly buying new sheet and wire? Has it been difficult to source new materials with all of the recent business closures? What if I told you that it’s incredibly easy to melt your scrap down and mill it into new sheet metal and wire that you can use instantly?
In Milling Your Scrap, participants will learn how to melt down their silver scrap to create sheet and wire ingots. The first part of the workshop will focus on carving a useable ingot mold out of a charcoal block. Next, participants will have a chance to melt and pour their own ingots using those molds. Everyone will learn how to shape and draw down the wire ingots using a roll mill and draw plate to create a length of wire in the gauge of their choice. Then, they will use a roll mill to shape a sheet of silver into the gauge of their choice. By the end of class participants will have plenty of practice using a crucible and ingot mold to melt and form silver as well as using the roll mill, a draw plate, and gauge finder.
Milling Your Scrap is an easy, economical, and environmentally friendly way to reduce, reuse, and recycle all of your old cut-offs, leftovers, and abandoned projects.
Bring your metalsmithing toolbox including the following:
10 oz or more Silver scrap (sterling preferred, some fine silver okay - avoid using Argentium and separate it out of your scraps, if possible)
4 or 5 inch jeweler’s saw frame and bees wax
2/0 jeweler’s saw blades
1 each 220, 320, 400, 600 grit sandpaper (loose or on sanding sticks)