Recycling metal

Since Lisa gave away my secret that I am not a complete uptight
capitalist I figure I will take it one step farther and let everyone
really see what a hippy I am. Anyone know of a way to recycle old
plated samples? I have bags of samples that are half as old as me,
npm that was gold plated. I would really rather not just through
them in the landfill but cant seem to find anyplace that will take
them. Also have a bunch of old npm is various forms, unplated that I
would love to find someone who would reuse. Since I started doing our
masters in silver again I have lots of alloy mix (no longer in shot)
that too my surprise Hoover has no interest in. Any suggestions that
will keep it out of the trash would be appreciated.

Eric McCafferty

computer recyclers salvage plated contacts and get about 3 ounces of
gold for every ton of boards. very rich deposit compared to natural
deposits that are worth processing at far less concentrations.

mike w

Dear Eric,

I can’t help you with the old gold plated samples, but the alloy mix
might be of use to students in a metals program. Perhaps at a local
community college.

Silver is getting so expensive and students still want to learn
casting even if it is with pot metal.

Nanz Aalund
Associate Editor / Art Jewelry magazine
21027 Crossroads Circle / Waukesha WI 53187-1612
262.796.8776 ext.228

For reclaiming gold which has been plated on to something (depending
on what the base metal is I suppose) all I can think of is tumble the
bajeezus out of it and collect the sludge and dry it out, should be
sort of high grade sweeps low grade grindings and more pallatable to
your refiner.

Stabbing in the dark,
Norah Kerr

Contact Rio - I’ve sent both sterling and gold fill to them.