I Gots Ingots!

by laurie jane kern on December 6, 2010

I GOTS INGOTS – yup and quite few of them too!

With silver topping 30 bucks a troy ounce, I thought this was an appropriate post.

When working on a project, invariably we generate scrap. We get dust and oddly sized pieces from cutting; we get more dust from filing; there are odd bits and bobs and more dust from wire as a result of cutting and snipping; and of course there is scrap which was a project that is just not up to snuff.

Basically we can generate quite a bit of it and with the way the prices are going these days who would dare throw it away. I try to keep very last mote of the stuff be it copper or silver.

So what is an artist to do with all this scrap? Read the rest of this post at The Adventurous Silversmith

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Bentiron December 9, 2010 at 12:56 pm

I was in trouble with my HOA for saving up my scrap steel from when I was doing blacksmithing, when I took it to the scrapper I had two tons of it, just shorts and such, but it was at the high price wise. It still wasn’t a lot of money but I wasn’t about to put it in the landfill. I save my copper, brass scrap and when the five gallon bucket gets full off I go to the scrapper. It does pay to save.

Laurie Jane Kern December 8, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Isn’t it amazing how some people don’t put a value on certain things. I know a wire wrapper who has been saving her scrap for almost 5 years and now she is ready to send it in for refining. Back when I took a class from her two years ago she did spend time talking about saving those bits cause they do add up.

The odd thing is, I also save my copper scrap and people have asked me why! IMHO money is money so why toss it out!

Bentiron December 7, 2010 at 12:27 pm

A few years ago I was at a workshop on wire wrapping to see if it were something I would like to do. There was a lot of scrap generated in the form of cut off ends. During breaks and at the end of class I picked up several ounces of scrap off the floor and out of the trash. The instructor thought this somewhat humorous since silver “is so cheap”. I wonder if she is laughing now?

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