Ever wonder how sterling silver (and other precious metals) are recycled? Here's a snippet to give you an idea. The process is extremely tedious to the point where I have to block out a good amount of time dedicated to melting my silver, rolling it out to the thickness(es) I need to make components I regularly need to complete various pieces.
I usually buy sheets of silver or gold metal when necessary. But I have an abundance of scrap metal organized by type in bins. I often rummage through my piles when time doesn't allow for online order and that's when the beauty of recycling comes into play.
Here's a visual to give you an idea of how I incorporate sustainability in all my jewelry...
Now, I can easily just order the sheets from my reputable sources, but when you don't have two days to wait for supplies to arrive or need to prepare for upcoming shows, you do what you've got to do and I enjoy every minute of it.
Next step, invest in a wire roller for rolling out wire... how crazy would that be?