I save up my lemel (scrap silver) sheet and wire and use it to make
bangles and pendants.
Why send it a refiner and get back less than you paid?
For a bangle place silver pieces to about 15 mm wide on a soldering
block and fuse it together, lay out more than the length of the
bangle. I heat it till it fuses together. I get about a 3-4 mm thick
uneven strip of metal Now the fun put it on steel block or anvil bash
it down to 2 mm thick. Use a 2 pound mallet cheap from a hardware
store. This is not precision work but great fun.
You now have a strip of silver that is roughly 2 mm thick and uneven
shape on the edges.
File the edges, anneal and quench in pickle.
Bash round a bracelet mandril overlap and cut through and solder.
True up again on mandril, clean up and polish.
You know have an odd shaped bangle. It is unique and unusual, and
something your customers will not have seen. And you can charge full
metal price and the metal has cost you nothing, lemel my favourite
To get even more exciting take hammered strip and reticulate, file
down one side and clean up the edges make into bangle. Use leather
mallet to hammer reticulated strip round mandril.
Watch closely as reticulated sterling can be brittle.
Polish inside of bangle, file edges to give a frame to the
Anneal and scratch brush 3 times.
Now you have a bangle with a reticulated surface but a smooth
polished inside and polished edges.
And you will have learned a lot about how sterling melts and
Use your imagination and this can be a very profitable way to turn
lemel into stock.