Melting silver - this is how it works

If you do not wear your silver jewelery or you still have high quality silver cutlery that may be damaged, you can melt the silver yourself. There are two ways to melt silver yourself. Maybe you will pour out a silver bullion or even a nice new piece of jewelry. But first check your silver, if it is not too valuable.

Check silver

Old pieces of silver and especially old silver jewelery often have a higher value than the material itself. That's why you should not just melt all the silver you have. Underneath you can find valuable antique pieces that would bring you a lot of money when selling.

furnace

Although there are also small smelters for home use. However, the really cheap models are mostly from China or Hong Kong and their security you should at least check. However, simple models are available starting at around 20 euros. In this country, similar furnaces cost at least 60 euros. So you have to decide for yourself if this acquisition is worth it.

melting temperature

If you want to grow a small smelting furnace, you should pay attention to the melting temperature that can be achieved with it. If you can only melt lead later, the smelting furnace will not do you any good. Some devices create only 500 degrees and are therefore not suitable for the melting of silver jewelry.
However, the melting point of silver is 961.78 degrees.

Melting silver step by step

  • silver
  • Gas burner / blowtorch
  • melting pot
  • Holder and handle
  • mold
  • shears
  • Protective gloves
  • Eye protection

1. Mince the silver

You should first chop larger pieces with a tin snips. So the melting is much easier, because a normal blowtorch anyway has your difficulties if you want to melt high quality silver. The lower the silver content, the easier the melting. With 925 silver, however, you should definitely choose a sheltered, warm place to work.

2. Heat crucible

Depending on how high your silver is, it will take a while for the crucible to be hot enough to melt the silver. If you want to melt silver more often, you can buy a special propane gas burner for goldsmiths.

3. Pour

In most cases, the silver should be removed from the crucible and poured into a useful mold. For this you need an appropriate mold. Wait until the silver has really become sufficiently liquid. Only then pour the silver mass carefully and very slowly into the mold. If you have more silver, you should keep the flame on the mold so the rest does not get stuck in the crucible.

Tips & Tricks

If you do not dare to melt the silver yourself, you can give it to a specialist. This even goes online today, as there are numerous buyers in the net who either send you back their returned silver in molten form or buy it up. However, your silver loses a lot of value and in most cases this is not a profitable business for you as a consumer - it's only worth it for the company.

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