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Question for jewellers - Gold fill wire

Hi All
Just recently I got myself some gold fill wire for the first time - having winced at the price of solid gold.
I was just wondering if there is any way to recycle the scraps left over from making? Is is worth anything? It feels wrong to just chuck the scraps.

Thanks

Nana

I’m afraid you can’t melt them down as they are gold plated and you would end up with an alloy that was mostly brass with a little gold. Gold filled wire is a thick gold plate that I think has to be greater than 5 microns. It does not scratch off, but that does mean that the scrap can’t be recycled.

Sam x

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Thanks Sam
Yes, that’s what I was afraid of. There’s talk on the net of refining processes to purify it, but it sounds like quite an involved process.
I’ll just have to minimise the waste :grimacing:

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I’m sure that’s right. If you had a very large quantity of scrap you might be able to get just enough gold to do something with-but it would have to be an industrial size quantity.

Sam x

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Next time you could always try gold vermeil which is gold over silver, then you can recycle it.

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Good point! I Didn’t realise Vermeil had to be silver