silver casting

Has anyone ever cast silver into cuttlefish bones/shell. Ihave a wax original which i dont want to lose in the lost wax process.

Topic by maninamousesuit 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how to clean silver?

I have very large silver compotes, what would be the easiest way to clean them?

Question by simcha357 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Silver Dip pendant. Answered

Hi Everyone!! I am trying to make a few silver dip pendants from some beautiful rocks that I got on a trip. But I don´t know where to start. Is there any silversmith around here or someone with experience to tell me if this can be made at home with the right tools? Thank you very, very much.

Question by ImmersivePilar 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


silver casting mould

Anyone help me here..I have a wax master of a signet ring. If i use lost wax casting i will lose my original....This i do not want. Is there a mould making stuff that i can press the ring into leaving a negative to fill with silver.....

Topic by maninamousesuit 11 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Are these silver wires important?

I'm making a USB wall charger with a usb cord I found in my desk and an unused cell phone charger. I cut off one end of the USB cord and took the plastic stuff off of it and there were silver wires along with the red, black, green, and white ones. Are they important or should I just cut them off?

Topic by Sunbanks 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


gold silver cleaner ?

Hello all, Was at the markets the other day, saw a guy with a neat " trick ", it was a dish of clear fluid and had a piece of alumimium plate about 4" square, when a persons jewerly either gold or silver was submersed { no gloves } and the moment the ring etc touched the ally plate, wallah shiny new looking , no tarnished colours etc.. How The.................does that work, any takers

Question by stickers 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can a silver necklace be used like Colloidal Silver ? Answered

Collodial Silver (silver ions in suspension - usually water) is supposed to have antiseptic properties. Do you think it would be enough to simply place a piece of solid silver jewellery into water to get more or less the same effect - even if the item was left in solution for, say, a week or so? Thanks.

Question by kevinhannan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can I use silver polish on a silver trumpet? Answered

This is probably a stupid question, but I am just making sure I can becuase this trumpet is basicly my prized possession.

Question by airsofter1 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Can I etch silver using salt?

Question by squeekysqueeks 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can you separate silver from bronze? Answered

I got some bad artwork made from bronze and silver. I was wondering if it can be separated for scrap.

Question by vapaaman 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago



Filling a void?

I have a silver ring that has a hollow cavity or void in the back and I want to add more silver to that void to fill it in and make it heavier. Any suggestions?

Question by Darkelf701 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Soldering Sterling Silver and/or Sterling Silver Plated jump rings?

What tool should be used to solder ss and/or ssp jump rings - torch or iron?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Removing Silver from CD.

Is there a way to remove the silver off of a CD that's relatively fast and doesn't scratch or damage the disk in anyway?

Topic by BoomGuy 11 years ago  |  last reply 4 weeks ago


Melting silver to repair jewellery

Hello everyone, Iam a disabled pensioner living in Australia. I have a few pieces of silver jewellery where links have opened, and require "soldering". A jeweller has quoted me $40 each repair. I have a 3 inch square of silver sheet left over from a jewellery course I took years ago, and want my husband to melt it on the links for me. He has tried a hand held soldering iron and also a blow torch, neither worked. Please can someone advise us what else to try ? They are only minor melts required, but we cant make the silver molten in our garage. Many thanks

Topic by Charmy666 5 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


Engrave,Etch, or Emboss Silver?

I want to imprint the white tree of Gondor on a silver disc that is 1 1/2 inch in diameter, given the complexity of the design, what would be the best way to achieve this? and what tools would I need to do it?

Question by inspectorgadget895 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Hilox silver and gold oxidizer.

I am looking for a silver and gold oxidizer called Hilox. I am all out of it and it's no longer on the market. The new oxidizers on the market do not work well. Do you have an old bottle laying around that you don't need?

Topic by Gig Parker 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Knife with glass and Silver handle

Hello Everyone, I'm new to this forum and I have made something I wanted to share and get some feedback. This is "Art Knife" I used a method I invented to etch hardened glass with colored images and made some into what I think is a pretty cool knife. The glass is held in place on a nice Damascus blade with a Sterling Silver frame. The etching can be of any subject, I chose the animals because they look nice but I could have put a portrait or other designs on my knife. I also want to use this technique for other fine items like memorials, awards, etc. The etching never wears because it's covered in a layer of Pyrex glass by baking it in a kiln. What do you think of this idea? Any feedback greatly appreciated! Cheers, John

Topic by John Pedini 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how do i ?make colloidal silver? ? Answered

How do i make colloidal silver?

Question by ralphcrow 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Quickest way to make silver powder

Hi all, I'd like to use silver in a project, and I'd like to know what the best method of making it quickly - I'm not interested in paying $30 to ship it to Australia. Would I get any success by filing a sheet of silver, or is there a better way of doing it? Or can I buy it somewhere locally? Here's an example of what I'm looking for, I'd like the texture to be fairly course, not the fine powdered stuff I've seen elsewhere. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/15g-0-529oz-99-99-9999-Pure-Ag-Silver-Crystals-metal-powder-varying-multi-size-/151361490810?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash;=item233dd90f7a Cheers!

Topic by jarris 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How do you make homemade silver cleaner?

Question by osugrad69 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


need wiring schematic for silver glide stairway lift? Answered

Question by draket10 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How do you change the battery in a Pokemon Silver cartridge?

Question by puddy42 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago




Collectibles

I have a very good coin collections my father left me.  I'm not really into coins, and would like to unload them to someone who has a good knowledge about coins.  He collected these coins while how was in WWIi.  Here is a description of what I have:   I have around 20 silver dimes that are so old, the dates have rubbed off. There is one dime dated 1907.  I have one Morgan dollar-date 1917.  I have several buffalo nickels.  I have the following silver quarters: 1952' 1954, 1947, 1942, (2) 1943, 1956, 1941, 1946, 1944, 1942, 1954, 1963, 1961, 1957, 1950, 1944, 1960, 1924, 1907, 1951, 1964, 1936, 1955.  I have several silver dimes, nickels, and quarters where the date has been rubbed off.  I have not "clean" the coins or "polished."  I would just like a "ballpark" amount of the coins I have....

Topic by wareaglesusanbf 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


How to make glass adhere to silver ?

I make jewelry and I've managed to fill a copper loop with tainted glass. I hold the copper and glass in the hottest part of the flame of my little butane/propane torch. But when I try to do the same thing with silver wire, the silver melts before the glass does. I guess that is because silver isn't such a good conducter of heat. So I've tried to heat up the entire peace of silver (instead of just the little loop that I'm trying to melt the glass on) , which works a little better. But even if I do get the silver and the glass red hot at the same time without the silver melting together, I can't make the glass adhere to the silver like it did to the copper. Any tips?

Question by judith_ou 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


What can I do with silver powder? Answered

I have a bunch of silver powder gleaned from a chemistry class lab (silver nitrate + copper redox). Other than melting it into a solid lump, what can I do with it?  I am also not interested in using it as colloidal silver (the kind with supposed "health benefits").

Question by mad_scientist 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


How do I solder sterling silver?

I want to know how to solder sterling silver earring posts to sterling earrings.

Question by lunastyx 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can you melt silver at home (for jewelry)? Answered

I want to melt metal, preferably silver, to stamp in the process of making jewelry. I want to know the process and the materials/equipment needed.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How do I apply a patina to a silver ring?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Soldering sterling silver jump rings

Hello. I started working with metals, stones and beads in the summer. I think I am ready to solder as I am tired of some pieces falling apart. I make large jump rings and need to solder them. I saw the instruction on soldering on this website and bought all the tools today. I suppose I am a bit nervous about working with a flame. Could anyone share their experiences when they started to solder? Thanks. Tracey

Topic by SFLTracey 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


900 leaf symbol 900 silver pin where is this from?

Silver pin of some sorts not sure where this was from or what the hallmark means or how much it would be worth cant find any information on it any would be great

Question by kmurphy22 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


I am learning to solder and have a few questions. Answered

I am learnig to solder and I wonder if it was safe to use lead free plumbing solder or lead free silver baring (97% tin 3% silver) solder on rings and bracelets made out of copper and the like? Second, has any one here know of people making their own solder. By that I mean meting down the tin, copper and silver then pouring and pounding flat? thanks. Ernest

Question by easeemann 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What do you think?

Yesterday, I followed a jewelry workshop. This is the result, what do you think?

Topic by emilyvanleemput 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Electroplating Non-Metals

I'm looking for input on the process of electroplating non-metal materials. I have never electroplated before and am open to trying the traditional method or the paint on plate solutions that are available.  I'm just uncertain where/ how to begin and what to buy. The hurdle is that the items I want to plate are not metal to begin with.  One website I read seemed to suggest that painting the object with a paint that contains metal flakes (like Liquid Leaf faux gold leaf, which contains soluble copper) would be enough to get a paintable silver plate to bond. Anyone have experience to weigh in with?  I welcome suggestions for techniques, favorite products, etc.

Topic by ashleyjlong 3 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago


How to make silver manganese alloy?

 I would like to make an alloy of Silver & Manganese - Silver 84 - 86%, the remainder Manganese with other impurities max. of 0.15%. How do I go about this?

Question by Hari001 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How to remove colloidal silver stains? Answered

​Does anyone know of a method for removing colloidal silver stains from porcelain? I'm afraid I may have ruined my sink!

Question by Chikpeas Brother 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


My Silver Coins!!! What's it worth?!?

I am not too sure about what references to trust, so I want to check with you what all my silver is worth. DIMESTotal: 31 QuartersTotal: 18One is a 40% bicentennial proof. Another is a (I don't know why but,) silver bicentennial. HalvesTotal: 6One is a 40% bicentennial proof DollarsTotal: 5Lots, huh? And by the way, one of the dollars is on it's way from eBay, and another is a 1971 proof. Another is a 40% bicentennial proofPlease let me know if you can find the value, THANKS!

Topic by Flumpkins 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


how to remove silvering from a mirror?

How can i take a mirror and remove silvering leaving a 3" clean glass border with a straight defined line between the glass and mirror? thank you

Question by jr45738 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Best tool to use to cut off silver-weighted knife handles?

Ok so I have a project from time to time.. I find sterling silver .925/1000 knives that have weighted handles.  Weighted means that the handle of the knife is a covering of silver surrounding a filler (ceramic, plaster, resin, sawdust) and the filler keeps the stainless steel blade in place.   I currently use a Dewalt bench grinder with a abrasive blade attached to slice open the silver handle and then I have to split it open and break out the filler. I have heard of a Diamand bladed tile saw.. I have no experience with one.. any suggestions?

Question by sassquatch62 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


long fork tines keep snapping. theyre red hot and silver plated. why?

Question by whiting1 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What is the best way to cut a complex design into sterling silver?

I am making a gift for my sisters for Christmas, and I what I want to make is a circular pendant with the white tree of Gondor inside(for those of you not familiar with said tree, it is very complex, google it for further clarification) I want to get it cut out of sterling silver because: it is shiny,won't tarnish,is white(ish) like the tree, and is cheaper than platinum. But I can't seem to find a place that can do that kind of cutting. And though I grieve it, there is not a Techshop anywhere around (I live in Los Angeles) does anyone know of a way that can I make such cuts?

Question by inspectorgadget895 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How can I separate the silver 925 content from waste dust from a cutting project?

Ok, I cut sterling (.925) handles off knives sometimes.. the knives are stainless steel and the inside of the handle can be plaster, resin, sawdust..etc.  After using the larger silver part of the handle i have cut off, I still have a pile of silver/plaster/sawdust/resin dust that I really need to separate out the silver from.   Any ideas?

Question by sassquatch62 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can someone help me identify this flea market find?

I had seen a ring like this many years ago worn by my boss, but hers was gold. there's a stamp inside that's not very legible but i think says USA TK. 

Question by AnaF56 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago


Are you in Venice? There's a prize!

Sort of following on from another topic I posted, Kitewife and I are off to Venice tomorrow to celebrate our silver wedding*.  We arrive at the airport soon after 9:30pm local time. I always like to meet fellow instructablers, so stop and say hello.  There's a (small) prize in it for you as well - not only do I always have a stash of Robot stickers in my wallet, I will be carrying a fabric Robot Patch (the very one in the photo), and if you are the first person to say hello to me in Venice, you get the patch. If you're not sure what I look like, look for a camouflage jacket, leather fedora and a Robot pin badge. *Twenty five years, it's insane - we both still feel like teens!

Topic by Kiteman 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Lost wax casting to order. Answered

My kiln is on the fritz, I need to cast a piece but I don't have time to wait for the new kiln to arrive. Does anybody know of any UK companies to whom I can send a carved wax piece and have it cast in precious metal? Thanks in advance.

Question by alexhalford 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Bug report: medal didn't switch from bronze to silver after 10+ featured

Based on the new "medal" system, I should now have a silver medal for having 10+ featured - I know I've seen this on other's profiles: https://www.instructables.com/community/May-2014-site-update-achievements-new-editor/ My 9th and 10th Instructables were just featured last week, so I'm not sure if there's some processing delay, or if this has to be done manually? Anyway, I demand immediate recognition in the form of fake internet medals! ...kidding, just thought I'd point this out in case it's supposed to be automated and there's a system-wide bug. If there's a delay or it has to be done manually by staff somehow, no big deal.

Topic by Ben Finio 4 years ago


Kickstarter Space Engineer creates "real" Mithril

This is very, very cool. There's a Kickstarter project working on  space elevators, using carbon nanotube (CNT) technologies.  One of the supporters asked if they could buy enough CNT to make a pair of wedding rings, because they would outlast both gold and diamond. It turns out that, to be able to make a CNT wedding ring, you need the ability to build a space elevator. They found a compromise, though, and made a brand new material - they alloyed CNT with silver; A metallurgist with 25 years in the field has said that the new alloy has some “interesting” properties. There is a strange ‘crystallization’ to the metal once it cools. We don’t really know why; or what this means. It needs study. There is other ‘stuff’ about this alloy which lead in some exciting directions, but as yet, we have not explored those. In essence we’ve created a unique silver+carbon nanotube alloy. We would like to brand this material “Mithril” after J.R.R. Tolkien’s super-material in the Lord of the Rings… so far, the foundation’s branding people have not returned our calls. (According to their website, it’s an 8 week process.) For a long time during the design and creation of the rings, their existence was a secret.  Now, though, the groom has given these reasons for buying a pair of Mithril rings; Reason #1 - Use this line when you propose, "Many men promise their brides-to-be the stars. It's a very rare man that actually delivers." At which point you can explain the ring, and the potential bride is thusly wowed. Reason #2 - It REALLY shows that you're planning on a better world for your children - aka, you're awesome husband material. Reason #3 - Awesome conversation piece. Reason #4 - Someone shows off their gold ring, and you can say, "How quaint." Reason #5 - The working name for the metal is awesome. I won't say more without Michael's permission. But let's just say, the name is very... enchanting. When the people who see you hear what metal your ring is made of, they'll do a double-take and then demand more information. Reason #6 - There are very interesting properties to these rings that are fun to show off. Again, not going to go into detail without Michael's go ahead. Reason #7 - It's one thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one. It's a completely different thing to give a wedding ring to your loved one that's a piece of history. Reason #8 - Gold wears away easily, these rings may be able to be passed onto your great great grandkids. The full story is on the Liftport site,

Topic by Kiteman 6 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Jewellery made from both silver and gold.? Answered

I plan to make (ideally through lost wax casting) a (fine) silver necklace pendant with (fine) gold lettering. I have made items using this process out of both metals, but have never combined both metals in the same piece. How would I go about doing this? Thanks in advance.

Question by alexhalford 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago