Dear Orchid list,
I have some questions about refining. Thus far I have not send any
metal to the refiner since my medium was restricted to inexpensive
sterling. I’m starting to incorporate karat gold into my smithed
pieces, so I want to make sure I recycle what I can. Please allow
some refining newbie questions:
First of all, any general recommendations about how to collect scrap
efficiently in a small shop? Any resources out there (books,
articles) I should know about?
In general, can you only send in “identifiable” pieces of metal, or
also saw dust and the like? To what extend does one need to keep
different metals (e.g. gold and silver) separate?
What about gold filled? One of my not-at-the-bench activities is to
weave chainmail pieces, and I want to use GF for a two-tone effect.
Since I cut my own rings with a jeweler’s saw, over time a lot of saw
dust accumulates. Do I save the saw dust and the pieces of wire that
Thanks a lot for your input!