Goodness, gracious yes collect that sterling. To hear folks in New
Mexico and Arizona talk, sterling is not cheap. In this period, the
price has rallied. Brad Simon talks about going to an aluminum
fabricating shop that saved that relatively cheap metal.
Efficient collecting? Some kind of catch-pan beneath the
sawing/filing area is a must for the metal dust. For I.J.S., the bits
of broken sawblade are a commodity to be retrieved and discarded with
a magnet. Others on the forum save their blades, probably to include
with “sweeps”, that class of materials that includes all the fluffy
gunk that you are/should be recovering from the floor and buffing
area. It takes a lot of sweeps (think a barrelful) for a refiner to
take seriously for silver and gold. You might want to take your
sweeps to a big shop, by way of a meet-and-greet that could get you
leads and referrals.
Separation is key for I.J.S. scrap reclaiming. That’s by alloy and
class of metal. Class A is unsoldered, unheated, free of non-metal,
base metal parts. Class B is soldered, heated, still no base- or
non-metal. Class C is filings, and we hoover up sawblades for
discarding. Use tough containers, at least freezer-weight plastic
bags, clearly labelled.
Goldfilled scrap? Just bag the lot, don’t sweat ABC separation. We
will need specs, like 1/20 12K GF on the labelling.
You’re still cutting rings with a jewelers saw? Consider a Jump
Ringer, extremely handy circular saw with coil holder and guide.
Powered by your #30 flexshaft handpiece. And save that dust! Men’s
boar-bristle shaving brushes make excellent benchtop brooms!!!
Dan Woodard, Indian Jewelers Supply Co, Gallup and Albuquerque, NM