Good Afternoon Ganoksin,
I have a question about an old crucible I inherited from school some
years ago. According to one of the instructors at the time it was
"overheated". It was going to be tossed, so I grabbed it thinking it
would at least be usable holding steel shot & water for submersed
items during repairs. Now I am looking at it & wondering if it is
It was only used for sterling, so I am wondering if there is a way
to clean & recoat the ceramic or if I should even bother with it.
Also, I see a ton of silver “balls” all over stuck to the inside in
layers & layers of blackened flux. (They were doing freeform
castings, and believe me when I say there is a TON of burned &
blackened flux in this thing.
I hate to waste the silver and a decent crucible if it’s cleanable.
Is there a way possible to clean this thing out without just digging
I’ve charged new crucibles, it’s pretty easy to get a nice glaze on
the inside. I have seen crucibles that are taken care of properly
last years. I am pretty careful to never over flux.
This poor crucible was pretty abused in the studio with several
beginner classes all using it to do freeforms without much guidance
during their studio free time. Is it a lost cause, or maybe there is
a way to clean it out and save the silver?
Thanks for any ideas!