How to Smelt Scrap Silver

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How to Smelt Scrap Silver
Silver can be melted into various chosen shapes using the right tools. (Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images)

If you are learning how to cast silver or make custom jewellery, knowing how to smelt your own scrap silver can be very helpful. Smelting yourself can save on taking your silver to an outside source, which will cost more money and take more time. After your silver has liquefied, it can be cast into any shape desired to make figurines, jewellery and more. This step-by-step guide will teach you the basics of smelting scrap silver.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Blacksmithing gloves
  • Face and eye protection
  • Pure sterling silver
  • Crucible
  • Smelting cup
  • Blacksmith tongs
  • Casting mould
  • Smelting Furnace

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Gather your scrap silver. Look at how much silver you have and determine if you have enough to fill the size of mould you would like to use.

  2. 2

    Remove any jewels, beads, or impure metal decorations from the silver before placing it into the smelting cup as these will end up melted in with your silver if you don't.

  3. 3

    Put on your protective gloves and face/eye shields. Using your tongs, place the smelting cup into the crucible. Place the smelting cup and crucible into the smelting furnace and turn the heat up to around 926 degrees C and allow the silver to melt down and become molten.

  4. 4

    Choose your mould, usually made from plaster or coated metal and prepare it to be cast. Remove the smelting cup from the crucible, again being sure to use tongs to avoid injury. Carefully pour the molten silver into your mould and leave it somewhere it wont be disturbed.

  5. 5

    Allow the silver to cool completely before carefully removing it from the mould. The smelted silver will have hardened into your desired shape and is now ready for display.

Tips and warnings

  • Molten silver , the smelting cup and the crucible are very hot. Always be extremely careful when handling and wear protective clothing.

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