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Has Anyone Done Home Silver Refining?

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 Posted 11/18/2020  11:15 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There is or was recently, some guy in Canada who was making poured silver bars. Apparently he was doing a brisk business. So there could be a business opportunity down the road.
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 Posted 11/18/2020  11:24 am  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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So there could be a business opportunity down the road


Yeah, my thoughts as well, but approaching it for now as "sounds like fun" rather than a business. But, who knows, maybe it could be a retirement gig in 20 years...


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No , but I did melt Chocolate for a bunch of different molds


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 Posted 11/18/2020  11:47 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add fistfulladirt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
How does one go about proving purity or composition for market?
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 Posted 11/18/2020  11:53 am  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Well, that's a bit of a problem. They do make precious metal verifiers that cost about $1,000, and I would hope most LCSs have them. If I got real serious about this I'd probably buy one so I could take photos of the bars/rounds reading .999 on the verifier. I'd probably have most luck selling on eBay/private sale rather than at a LCS.

For now I think I'd just use this as a way to have fun and refine silver to add to the stack.
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 Posted 11/23/2020  8:15 pm  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Just a status update, wanted to post what I've acquired so far. Might be hard to see everything with all the other junk on my workbench, but from left to right is my furnace, about a kilo of sterling, my beaker, my IR thermometer, my Buchner filtering flask apparatus, and the appropriate filter paper. So, I'm working on it! Just taking some time and money, both of which are short supply. Few more things to get before I can move forward.


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 Posted 12/06/2020  4:39 pm  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Been experimenting with the furnace and trying to practice on copper, but can't quite seem to get it hot enough to fully melt all the material I put in there... I know copper has a higher melting point than silver, but I should be able to melt it.... IR thermometer was showing around 2000F in the furnace... I got tired of blasting through all my propane today, just got a little nugget melted yesterday... not much to look at but it's a start... more experimenting on fuel/air mixture to come.... apparently this is harder than it looked!



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 Posted 12/12/2020  9:07 pm  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This weekend, blew through some more propane, managed to get something in a bar shape, need much more practice with my stamps though... maybe a stamp press would be helpful, they tend to slip.... also, note to self, make sure the "D" is facing the right way...

Did some cool toning afterwards with a blowtorch to make it a little more pretty.

Will get more propane and try again tomorrow, starting to understand how hot to crank the furnace....



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 Posted 12/13/2020  5:06 pm  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Getting better! Pretty happy with the results today.



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 Posted 12/13/2020  10:05 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jskirwin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fun thread! Been looking for updates.
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 Posted 12/14/2020  03:23 am  Show Profile   Check spruett001's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add spruett001 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks good!
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 Posted 12/14/2020  10:12 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Getting better! Pretty happy with the results today.
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 Posted 12/15/2020  12:59 pm  Show Profile   Check silverstash119's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverstash119 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This was just an extra one I squeezed out after pouring the two larger bars, been trying to focus on after-pour cleanup... turned out a little messy at first but ground it down to a more reasonable shape and tumbled in my rock tumbler overnight.... currently have these on eBay seeing if there's a market....

I do need to figure out how to make it a little smoother so I don't get these little holes/pockets in it....

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