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METALSMITH SOCIETY'S GUIDE TO REFINING SCRAP METAL

Posted by Corkie Bolton on

Whether you are just taking your first classes in metal work or have been making jewelry for decades, if you are working in silver and gold it is important to save every piece of dust you can! Refining not only your clean scraps but also "dirty" scraps which I will get into below, can put hundred even thousands of dollars back into pocket annually. *I am referring to precious metal scraps throughout the article, not base metals like copper and brass.

YOUR STUDIO GARBAGE IS WORTH MONEY!

Did you know some companies will take items like spent sandpaper, flex shaft bits and dirty paper towels and refine the metal from them? This is "dirty" scrap, it is the paper towel you used to wipe down your bench after sawing out a pendant. It is the contents of your vacuum after you clean around your bench. You can also send the collection bag from inside your dust and fume collectors! All those items I'm afraid to admit that years ago I would toss in my regular garbage or recyling bin. The question you have to ask yourself is whether there is metal dust on the item, if that answer is yes save it in a separate bucket!

WHAT ABOUT CLEAN SCRAPS?

Clean scraps (your metal dust and remnants) can be stored separately in a container, you will want to keep gold and silver separate. Depending on where you are refining you may also need to keep different karats of gold separated as well! It is incredibly helpful to have a scale on hand as you will need to write down the various weights of the clean scraps you are sending in. This Gem Oro scale is reasonably priced and measures between 500g - 0.01g it can also measure in dwt, ozt, ct, gn and oz.

WHERE TO REFINE

United States

PMRS

Located in Illinois they refine dirty scraps and clean scraps! You simply call Ted 1-815-355-4422 and based on your needs he will send you a bucket for dirty scraps and containers for your clean scraps. Free shipping.

Rio Grande Scrap Program

They accept silver, silver-filled, gold, gold-filled, palladium, platinum and PMC® items. They do not accept sweeps (dirty scraps). They charge a $50 service fee  for the use of their Precious Metals Recycling Service.

You can donate your scraps through Rio Grande to support We Wield The Hammer! Click here to download the form. There is no processing fee
for donated scrap.

To read more information on how to send scrap to Rio Grande, click here.

Stuller Clean Scrap Return Program

They pay market value for silver and gold metal scrap, no processing fee if you select to be paid in store credit. They also have a diamond return program.

To read more information about their program, click here.

AUSTRALIA

Palloys

They accept all types of material including scrap, lemel (lemel is a jewellery trade term for the small shavings of precious metals such as Gold, Silver, Platinium and Palladium, that are left over from filing and other techniques that handmade jewellery pieces require. Think of it as the wood workshop equivalent of sawdust) & other metal residue to recover gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

To read more information about their program, click here.

CANADA

Umicore

They recover and sell silver, gold, platinum, palladium.

To read more information about their program, click here.

FRANCE

Cookson CLAL

They can provide valuations for clean scrap as well as sweeps!

To read more information about their program, click here.

GERMANY

Burger Edelmetalle

To read more information about their program, click here.

IRELAND

NN Enterprises

To read more information about their program, click here.

NEW ZEALAND

Morris & Watson

Morris & Watson were the first company to provide a refining service for lemels and sweeps (floor scraps) to the precious metals industry in New Zealand and have since expanded our operations to Australia and Thailand.

To read more information about their program, click here.

SPAIN

J & M

They refine silver, gold an other precious metals in Madrid.

To read more information on how to send scrap to J & M, click here. 

UNITED KINGDOM

Cooksongold

They treat thousands of pounds worth of scrap metal items every day. They can provide valuations for clean scrap as well as sweeps!

To read more information on how to send scrap to Cooksongold, click here.

 

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Comments


  • PMRS only takes 25 Troy oz and over.

    Cathy Johnston on
  • Hoover & Strong take in floor sweeps and clean scrap at different rates and have been competitive price wise

    Kim Maitland on
  • In Germany:
    Burger Edelmetalle
    https://www.burger-edelmetalle.de/

    Agosi
    https://www.agosi.de/

    Wieland Edelmetalle GmbH
    https://www.wieland-edelmetalle.de/

    Lisa on
  • in Canada 🇨🇦 i send my scrap to umicore located in Toronto. I also buy my metal there. Great company, great customer service.

    Jessie senecal on
  • In Australia Palloys refining service. https://www.palloys.com/refine

    Robin Tanner on
  • In Spain
    Madrid
    Industrias J&M in Paracuellos del Jarama
    677 501 042
    http://jotaeme.net/

    Mònica Corvera on

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