How do I get the glass & wire off the metal so I can either
use the silver again or add it to the scrap pile for later?
What I am trying to avoid is eutetically melting the silver
wire to the underlying metal, while still removing the glass &
metal wire. The wires were not soldered into position (it is a
small piece-about 1& 1/2" in diameter).
I believe you are right it might not be worth the effort. I
sometimes take a tweezers and work the wires off the piece by
moving the wires back and forth which breaks up the enamel in
order to get the silver wires off. I have also used a hammer and
pounded the heck out of the piece, don’t forget to use a safety
face shield, to break up the enamel. I have also taken the
piece and worked it in my hands, again protected, bending the
metal back and forth to break up the enamel, thus releasing the
wires. Since you are working with fine silver you might try
hammering the piece and get as much enamel off as possible then
melt the silver or metal with wires intact on a charcoal block,
the enamel acts as a flux, cool, pickle and then recycle or roll
out the metal, assuming you have a rolling mill. Personally, I
put the enameled piece in my scrap pile and send it with the
rest of my scraps.
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Linda Crawford Designs
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