How to Melt Down Gold Rings

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How to Melt Down Gold Rings
Recycle your old gold rings. (Gold Ring image by Sujit Mahapatra from Fotolia.com)

Most mined precious metals are used to make jewellery. Many modern consumers worry about the environmental impact and human rights abuses in some mining practices. Melting down gold rings is a great way to reduce the need for mined gold. You can melt down old, broken or out-of-fashion gold rings using a torch to reuse the gold. Melting down old gold rings is an excellent way to reclaim natural resources, reduce your impact on the environment and obtain relatively less expensive gold.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Gold rings
  • Jewellery saw, wire cutter or bench shear
  • Torch
  • Crucible
  • Flux
  • Mold

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Gather the gold rings you want to melt. Separate the gold rings by gold purity (10kt, 14kt, 18kt or 24kt). Do not mix metals unless you want to change the purity of the gold.

  2. 2

    Remove all stones from the gold rings, if any.

  3. 3

    Cut your gold rings into small pieces using a jewellery saw, wire cutter or bench shear.

  4. 4

    Paint your crucible with flux to prepare to melt the gold rings. A crucible is a refractory container used to melt metals. Most crucibles are made of clay. Flux prevents the gold from sticking to the crucible, oxidising and otherwise being discoloured during the melting process.

  5. 5

    Place the gold into the crucible. Do not fill the crucible more than two-thirds full.

  6. 6

    Melt the gold rings with one or two torches until the gold becomes liquid.

  7. 7

    Pour the liquid gold into a mould to create a gold sheet or wire. Allow the gold to cool to room temperature before removing the gold and further fabricating.

Tips and warnings

  • Observe fire safety precautions when working with a torch.
  • Wear goggles to protect your eyes when working with a torch.

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