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Milling Your Scrap is an easy, economical, and environmentally friendly way to reduce, reuse, and recycle all of your old cut-offs, leftovers, and abandoned projects.


Participants will learn how to melt down their silver scrap to create sheet and wire ingots. The first part of the workshop will focus on carving a useable ingot mold out of a charcoal block. Next, participants will have a chance to melt and pour their own ingots using those molds.


Everyone will learn how to shape and draw down the wire ingots using a roll mill and draw plate to create a length of wire in the gauge of their choice. Then, they will use a roll mill to shape a sheet of silver into the gauge of their choice.


By the end of class participants will have plenty of practice using a crucible and ingot mold to melt and form silver as well as using the roll mill, a draw plate, and gauge finder.


Bring your metalsmithing toolbox including the following:

  • 10oz or more Silver scrap (sterling preferred, some fine silver okay—avoid using Argentium and separate it out of your scraps, if possible)
  • wire cutters
  • Jeweler’s saw frame, 2/0 blades, beeswax
  • Sandpaper/sanding sticks in 220, 320, 400, and 600 grit
  • Half-Round Habilis file, cut #00
  • Needle file set, cut 0 (used to carve ingot molds–recommend buying a cheap set HERE rather than using your higher quality metal files)
  • 1 or more Charcoal soldering blocks (soft or compressed, 5.5x2" or larger)
  • Eye protection
  • N95 face mask and apron
  • (Optional) Diamond bur set
  • (Optional) Abrasive wheels (1 set) and Mandrels
  • (Optional) Didymium safety glasses


6 Contact Hours


Milling Your Scrap: Mon. July 29, 2024

SKU: 027147
  • Metalsmithing 1

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