Behind the Scenes: Recycling Silver Wire Scrap and Precious Metal Clay
My end of the year project at Hint Jewelry was sorting through all my perfectly imperfect precious metal clay charms to send off for recycling with the rest of my sterling silver scrap wire.
I don't know why this sorting process could cause emotional distress, but it just does. Has anyone seen the TV show Hoarders on A&E? I'd like to think that I'm one of those happy-go-lucky people that have no attachment to objects, but after watching one of these episodes I found myself questioning my emotional connection to these small little hoards that are safely tucked away from the prying eyes of others. Big or small hoard, it's still holding onto a material object so as to create a sense of ground -- a imaginary zone of safety.
So last month I let my little pile of misfit charms go and sent them to Monsterslayer.com for recycling. There are not many opportunities while creating artwork to feel liberated when making mistakes and know you will be able to get money back so as to make some more!
If you have excess sterling silver or gold-filled wire scrap from your jewelry projects, be sure to collect these metals in heavy plastic bags separated by quality classes and alloys while working. In this way, you'll maximize profit on your cost of purchasing these precious materials and contribute to a better environment by recycling. Monsterslayer.com will pay 75% in trade or 60% in cash of the current market value for silver sheet and wire. The process for sending in metal scrap to Monsterslayer.com is pretty simple:
1. Free metal of stones, adhesives, debris and base metal findings.
2. Use a magnet to pull out any steel wool, broken saw blades, and steel cable if present.
3. Separate the scrap by alloy and quality class.
Quality Classes for Silver:
1. Sheet & Wire: Sheet, wire and precious metal clay.
2. Melted & Filings: old jewelry, chains, findings, casting sprues, melted gobs and clean silver filings.
Quality Class for Gold-Filled:
1. Sheet & Wire
There are other places to recycle your metal scrap such as Rio Grande, so if you have a favorite source please be sure to sure the details in a comment. For more information regarding running an online jewelry business or Etsy shop help, check out my blog series Behind the Scenes.
Hope you too are starting the New Year with a clean slate!