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Friday, March 30, 2012

Silver Scrap


Does your scrap silver look kinda like this? Just thrown in a vessel until it's time to send it in? Or, maybe like me, you tried to separate out the pieces you can still use. That tall bottle has the bigger silver scraps that I could use on another project. The fat bottle has useless scraps.

There's one big problem with those bottles. I never go through them to use the scraps. I have all intentions of doing it with each project, but I don't. That would mean spilling out the contents and going through them to figure out which wire is which gauge. It's too time consuming.

I started doing something different. All I can say is, I wish I had been doing it all along. Maybe, some of you already do this, but my slow self just started about 6 months ago.

Here's what I do- As I use the silver, I have the baggies out that contain the right wire that I want to use. Instead of scraping up the scraps after a project and dumping them in a bottle, I put the usable wires right back in the bag it came out of. That way, I can always see the scraps that might be appropriate for the project at hand. I have been using a lot more of my bigger scraps since I started doing this. As for the smaller pieces, well, I need to start another bottle for it because that's the only one I've been filling.

Oh, and another benny of this is I never mix up my sterling and argentium anymore.

How do you store your scraps?

6 comments:

  1. I, too, put the usable pieces back in the bag it came from. The smaller scrap pieces are in a separate bag inside the big bag I keep all my silver in.
    I don't use silver much--only for special requests--because it is quite expensive for me to buy. I love copper and brass best, anyway, and have started experimenting with stainless steel and bronze.

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    1. I didn't use silver for a long time. I'm using it a little more since when it dropped I bought a bunch. I want to try bronze, too. I hear such good things about it. The stainless looks great, but it's hard on the hands. I haven't used brass since I learned how to wrap. It's what i started with. It was so hard to work for me, as a newbie, that I have never been back.

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  2. I don't have really long pieces of scrap wire, but I keep my scraps in separate flat containers (from hummus). It is easy to see and pick through.

    Joyce

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    1. Good idea! My tallest bottles aren't quite tall enough. I ALMOST got my silver ready to send back for credit today- looks like it's headed back up. Great for scrap- not so great for buying. :(

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  3. I like the idea of putting wire pieces back where they came from. If they're long enough, I do this.

    Mostly, I put them all in the same plastic container because I love to put some flux on them and turn them into little silver balls with my torch -- a technique I learned from Leslee Frumin. They're perfect for soldering onto wire pieces like rings and filigree pendants. :)

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    1. Yup, since I began using the torch, more of my scraps are going to balls. :)

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