Silver pure is very soft and does not become work hardened. It is available in sheets, as wire and as precious metal clay, which can be hardened through firing. Because of its malleable nature, silver sheet and wire are used along with other metals as jewelry embellishments. Silver sheets can be purchased at craft stores or through a metal wholesaler, although wholesalers may have a large minimum quantity purchase requirement.
Sheets also are available online from a variety of sellers. Available in thicknesses ranging from 18 to 30 gauge. Silver sheet sizes range from 6 inches wide to 36 inches in length. Some online sellers offer custom sizes. Because the metal is so soft, 0,999 silver sheets are used for embellishing pieces such as bracelets and rings rather than base construction pieces. Cut the sheet into designs with a jeweler’s saw and then solder onto a base piece with a soldering gun.
Identify The Type Of Silver
There are different types of silver used in the construction of various items. Sterling silver is 92.5% pure silver. It is important to make sure it is sterling scrap silver instead of plated silver or another metal. Take the magnet and run it over the silver area. Pure silver is not magnetic, so if the magnet pulls against the silver, it is silver plated or a different type of metal. Make sure not to miss tarnished silver, which can be easy to do because it looks much darker.
Buy The Scrap Silver
Do not let the owner know that the reason for purchasing the item is the scrap sterling silver content, because he will try to raise the price. Try and haggle down the price a little bit before paying for the silver. Talk about how the item has a little bit of sentimental value since it is reminder of days gone by. Profess ignorance about antiques or any type of valuable collectibles, and the scrap silver should be a bargain purchase.