Is it worth melting down silver coins
Melting silver - that's how it works
Old pieces of silver, and especially old silver jewelry, are often more valuable than the material itself. Therefore, you shouldn't just melt down all of the silver you have. These can include valuable antique pieces that would make you big bucks if sold.
There are also small furnaces for domestic use. However, the really cheap models are mostly from China or Hong Kong and you should at least check their safety. However, simple models are available from around 20 euros. Similar furnaces cost at least 60 euros in this country. So you have to decide for yourself whether this purchase is worthwhile.
If you want to get yourself a small melting furnace, you should pay attention to the melting temperature that can be achieved with it. If you can only melt lead later, the furnace won't do you any good. Some devices only manage 500 degrees and are therefore not suitable for melting silver jewelry.
However, the melting point of silver is 961.78 degrees.
Melt silver step by step
- Gas burner (€ 39.99 at Amazon *) / blowtorch (€ 27.90 at Amazon *)
- Melting pot
- Holder and handle
- Tin snips
- Protective gloves
- Eye protection
1. Crush silver
You should first chop up larger pieces with tin snips. This makes melting much easier, since a normal blowtorch has its problems anyway if you want to melt high-quality silver. The lower the silver content, the easier it is to melt. With 925 silver, however, you should definitely choose a sheltered, warm place for work.
2. Heat the crucible
Depending on the quality of your silver, it will take a while for the crucible to be hot enough to melt the silver. If you want to smelt silver more often, you can buy a special propane gas burner for goldsmiths.
In most cases, the silver should be poured out of the crucible again and poured into a useful form. To do this, you need an appropriate casting mold. Wait until the silver has really become sufficiently liquid. Only then do you pour the silver mass carefully and very slowly into the mold. If you have a large amount of silver, you should keep the flame on the casting mold so that the rest of the silver does not get stuck in the crucible.
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